Healthy Practices During COVID-19
It’s World Child Health Day and we’ve got a few tips to easily manage your child’s health to keep them growing healthy and strong!
Keep hand washing – It may seem like something you’ve heard all too many times before, and it’s very obvious. But as we adjust to a new normal in 2020, we also can’t get too comfortable and let our guard down. Handwashing is one of the most recommended ways to reduce the spread of infections and prevent illness.
Encourage your child to stay active – Being active is one of the best things to do in order to maintain great health, and has an abundance of benefits for the mind and body. From traditional sports to running around the yard, the options for incorporating healthy activities in the day are endless and may even be something you and your family can create a routine for together.
Ideas to stay active:
- Have a race in the driveway
- Ride a bike
- Have a dance party
- Go on a nature walk
- Jump rope
- Yardwork with the family
Make healthier choices – Sure kids know they should eat healthy, but sometimes they still need an extra push here and there. Creating healthier eating habits doesn’t have to happen overnight. Have an open dialogue about nutritious foods with your child. Through these conversations, you may discover why they do or don’t like certain foods and could possibly even change their mind by presenting them a different way. Check out three of our favorite healthy after-school recipes here to give your child the fuel they need!
Get regular well-child checkups – Routine wellness checks are something you don’t want your child to miss out on. The frequency of appointments depends on the age for the first few years of life, and at age three your child should be seen by a pediatrician annually. This is to ensure the proper growth and development for your child, as well as get the appropriate vaccines needed to prevent harmful illnesses in the future. These appointments also provide the opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you or your child may have for the pediatrician.
By just taking a few moments out the day, your child can easily create habits that will help to keep their overall growth and development on track – and have fun at the same time! If you need guidance in your child’s health journey, please book an appointment with a pediatrician here today.