Parents should listen to pediatricians not just when their kids are ill; but also when they are well.
Here is what pediatricians themselves recommend parents ought to do, to keep their children healthy:
- Attend to nutrition from the beginning: Obesity is easier to prevent than to reverse so make an effort to habituate a child to healthy eating right from the start. High fructose corn syrup, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, fried and junk food and sugary drinks are all culprits to be cut out. Get the kids into the exercise habit from an early age.
- Immunizations: Don’t be afraid of them. Immunizations for diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough, chickenpox, influenza and meningitis are far less risky than the disease themselves.
- Vitamin D: Since we are not as much exposed to sunlight as previous generations we are often deficient in vitamin D. Supplements, particularly in infancy may be therefore be required.
- Developmental Milestones: Even with a perfectly healthy child, keep abreast with visits to the doctor so that any anomalies may be spotted early on, diet recommendations can be made and it can be made sure that the child is reaching developmental milestones appropriate for its age.
- Car seats and other household safety: Car seats, swimming pool gates, keeping dangerous items out of reach and making a hose child friendly will reduce chances of accidents.
Source: Dallas News