As a mom, keeping our child healthy and happy is way up there on our list of priorities. The good news is you can find some of the most effective ways to do this, in the post below.
Introduce them to their pediatrician
Even if your kid is healthy and happy, it makes sense to introduce them to their doctor. This is because if they do have to see them it will make the whole process a great deal easier. It can also be useful for the doctor to see what your child is like when they are well, so they have something to measure it against when they are ill.
Enable them to get health checks
It’s easy to become a bit anxious about health checks. Indeed, many of us moms start to worry about whether they will find something wrong with our child. However, health checks such as sight, scoliosis, and hearing checks are very important for the well-being of our children. This is because they can help spot any issues early on and so ensure any treatment is as effective as possible.
To that end, it’s important to book appointments with your local hearing center for a hearing test, and your opticians for a sight test. Often doctors’ offices and in some cases, schools will test for scoliosis.
Find a great local dentist
Your child’s teeth and dental health may matter, and even if you aren’t a major fan of heading to the dentist, it’s so important to lead by example with this one. That means regular dentist checkups for both of you, as well as good dental hygiene in the home.
Dentists recommend that around 6 months of age is the best time for their very first dental appointment. However, you will want to wait until at least 1 or 2 baby teeth have come through.
Educate them on how to stay healthy
Another way to keep your child happy and healthy is to educate them on health. However, this does not need to be anything too intense, or even too formal in terms of the education. Instead part of it is setting a good example around your child, doing things like moving your body regularly, eating well, and staying away from nicotine and alcohol.
You can also help your child stay healthy by educating them on the proper way to minimize the chance of getting colds and flu, and with general hand washing hygiene.
Encourage good communication
Last of all, if you want your child to be both happy and healthy now and in the future encouraging good communication is vital. This is because there are many benefits to be gained for those of us who can communicate well. One of which is that it allows us to reach out and talk to people when we have a problem or are struggling. Of course, this can be helpful both for physical, as well as mental health issues.
With that in mind, a good foundation for this type of communication is checking in with your child every day to see how they are, and what experiences they have had.