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Thursday, August 25, 2022




Welcome back to our blog! As we promised in our last post, we'll be back soon with more advice on raising healthy kids.


Sit back, unwind, and take in the final few suggestions we have for you this week. You'll be glad you did when you start using them to help your kids adopt healthy lives.


Here are the latest 9 healthy lifestyle recommendations. Please read on!


1. Getting enough sleep


Sleep is essential for both physical and emotional well-being. As you sleep, your body fortifies its defenses and heals. Children must get enough sleep to develop normally.

To avoid this, make sure your child receives enough sleep each night.


Children between the ages of six and twelve need nine to twelve hours of sleep per night, while teenagers between the ages of thirteen and eighteen need eight to ten hours of sleep. Make a plan to turn out the lights at the same time each night. 


Avoid going to bed after using a screen for a couple of hours. Create a relaxing bedtime routine for your child that includes activities like reading or listening to music for a predetermined amount of time if they have trouble falling asleep.


2. Customary home rules


Children imitate and acquire the behaviors of their parents and siblings. Therefore, it's essential to set positive examples at home. Make certain that there are no exceptions and that the same rules apply to everyone in the family. Decide on a certain time for everyone to go to bed, for instance.


Universal rules for everyone encourage children's healthy habits. The child is less inclined to break the rules because they observe their parents and siblings doing the same.


3. Support sports.


Teenagers can watch displays, including those on their cell phones and televisions, for up to seven hours each day. An increase in screen time could lead to a more sedentary lifestyle and an increased risk of weight gain.


The recommended limit for children's daily screen time is a couple of hours. Encourage the child to spend at least an hour each day engaging in sports and other physical activities, such as cycling. You can play simple indoor games that involve movement if you don't have access to an outdoor sports facility. Making a tunnel out of old boxes and playing indoor hula hoop and hopscotch are a couple of examples. You might also use exercise equipment like indoor bikes to get the child moving.


4. Appropriate supplementation


Kids are routinely given a malt-based supplement dissolved in milk by their parents. Supplements of other kinds include vitamin candies, calcium gum, and fish oil tablets. Most supplements provide minerals that are crucial for a child's growth. However, a child's dietary requirements may vary based on their age, weight, gender, and amount of physical activity.


Most children have a balanced diet, thus they don't need supplements to get their daily nutrition. Furthermore, using the incorrect supplements could have undesirable side effects and increase the likelihood of weight gain. Therefore, before providing your child with nutritional supplements, get the counsel of a pediatrician.


5. Vaccination


According to the World Health Organization, vaccination lowers the risk of contracting a disease and helps individuals who receive it live healthier longer lives. Parents frequently worry about a vaccine's potential side effects. Even though most side effects are minor, the advantages of the vaccine exceed the risk of developing a disease.


Make sure your entire family gets immunized. Keep track of all of your family's vaccinations, including your kids', and be immunized as soon as you can for the best immunity.


Keeping the chin horizontal

The spine maintains its neutral alignment and doesn't flex or arch.

Make sure your shoulders are straight and erect.

Maintaining consistent, firm abdominal contractions; keeping the knees straight; and

Putting the same amount of weight on both feet while walking and standing


6. Accurate alignment


Most children wind up slouching in their seats. 


Encourage your students to study at a desk. Children should not be allowed to read or write in bed. 


Good posture has advantages that extend beyond the musculoskeletal system of the body. Maintaining the right static and dynamic postures while moving around may improve respiration and digestion in addition to keeping the muscles flexible and reducing the risk of falling.


Keeping the chin horizontal

The spine maintains its neutral alignment and doesn't flex or arch.

Make sure your shoulders are straight and erect.

Maintaining consistent, firm abdominal contractions; keeping the knees straight; and

Putting the same amount of weight on both feet while walking and standing.


7. Adequate Grooming


Similar to the need for a balanced diet and regular exercise, hygiene is important. The body may fend off disease-causing bacteria by keeping itself clean. 


Teach your child to use tissues when coughing or sneezing and to throw them away after usage. Other healthy hygiene habits to teach include not sharing personal items with others.


A critical hygiene habit that can prevent several infections, including COVID-19, is hand washing. Teach your child to wash their hands before eating, after using the restroom, and after coming inside from time spent outside. To keep your hands clean while you're outside, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The child may bring hand sanitizer to school.


8. Oral health


Two times per day, in the morning and at night, children should brush their teeth. 


You might need to brush your child's teeth more regularly if they have braces. Teach your kid the right technique for brushing and flossing. You can also advise the child to use floss once daily to remove any food particles that have managed to get stuck between the teeth.


You could speak to a dentist if you want advice on how to brush effectively. The dentist could recommend the best toothbrush and toothpaste for your child's age.


9. Consistent testing


Every health tip promotes your child's growth and helps them stay healthy. But you must also keep an eye on the child's health. It's a good idea to keep an eye on your child's height, weight, blood pressure, and sugar level. You could speak with a pediatrician, who can advise you on the ideal times to check the child's vital signs based on their age and condition.


In summary,


We hope you used our first article on helping your kids live healthy lifestyles. 


Please remember to help your kids live the newly emphasized healthy lifestyles so that their health will be exceptional compared to their peers and you won't need to go to the doctor as frequently.


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