Promoting Children’s Health

Years ago, when children came into our office to be treated, they suffered from one or two health concerns. Now, it seems that their concerns have grown into a whole list of complaints, and with covid-related problems, it has become even more apparent. Children are definitely at risk for health problems, which can even become chronic. Parents can make a big difference in their lives by following some basic health principles. 

Teach Healthy Eating Habits

First, a childs diet should be kept as clean as possible. This means avoiding chemicals and unnatural additives and eating organic whenever possible. Packing lunches for school and outings is often preferable to eating cafeteria food, as these can be laden with extra sugar and salt. Monitoring snacks is also important, as it is easy to reach for a bag of chips or candy versus fresh fruit or raw vegetables. Limit fried foods. Taking a multi-vitamin and essential fatty acids will also contribute to their well-being. Add vitamin D if their time outside is limited. Lastly, a probiotic will help maintain a healthy microbiome for optimal health, as a large majority of the immune system is focused in the gut. 

Develop a Healthy Bedtime Routine

Parents also need to help children develop a healthy bedtime routine and ensure they get enough sleep. Electronic devices should be put down at least an hour before bed. Its a good idea to eliminate any electronic devices at all from the bedroom, as these can disrupt brainwave patterns and contribute to feelings of anxiety, hyperactivity, and even depression.  Manage their screen time and promote in-person interaction as much as possibleSocialization is very important. 

Encourage Physical Activity

Parents should also encourage children to get as much physical activity as possible. Playing outside, participating in sports, or active family activities will go a long way in helping children feel healthier, think better, and do well in school.  

It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. These activities should incorporate exercises to strengthen muscle and bone at least three times per week, such as jogging, cycling, and trampolining. Physical activity has a well-established preventative role against childhood obesity, which can lead to a whole list of chronic illnesses in adulthood. Decreasing sedentary behavior also helps protect mental health in children. 

Teach Stress Management

Stress management is something that should be taught at all ages of childhood. Diet, exercise, and sleep help manage stress. When considering the stress of exams and social media influences, children should incorporate relaxation into their daily lives to decrease anxiety and improve overall wellness. Stress management is one of the most advantageous things you can teach your children to promote their future health and well-being.

Incorporate Chiropractic Care

Incorporating chiropractic care should also play an essential role in childrens health. As children age, some common chiropractic-related health conditions include nursing problems, chronic ear infections, bed-wetting, asthma, growing pains, headaches, and back and neck pain. Chiropractic care has also been found to be helpful for children with special needs, including those on the autism spectrum and those with hypersensitivities and attention disorders. The sooner these musculoskeletal factors can be addressed, the sooner children can return to 100% of their health potential. 

Final Thoughts

If parents focus on the health of their children, their children will learn to take better care of themselves as they grow into adulthood. The health focus of childhood will become the health maintenance principles of adulthood. 

For more information about promoting children’s health, contact your health care professionals at Forum Health Valparaiso today: 219-510-5623