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On the blog, we like to encourage healthy habits that are easy for the whole family. That’s why we’ve written posts like “Four Superfruits Your Kids Can Eat This Summer” and “Four Fun Picnic Activities That Will Keep Kids Active“. This week, we want to talk about four easy things you can do as a parent to keep your kids healthy.
These four tips come from a great article on Parents called “10 Things Mommy Docs Do to Keep Their Kids Healthy“. If you find this topic interesting, we recommend you read the full article by clicking here. Each tip in the post comes from a mom-pediatrician, so they are extremely informative and helpful. Here are four of our favorite tips:
- Offer healthy meals and snacks. Josie Znidarsic, D.O., a family physician at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, knows that a healthy diet is the bedrock of good health. That’s why she offers her two daughters plenty of fruits and veggies and limits their exposure to added sugar. “If you’re eating a terrible diet, there’s so much inflammation in your body that your immune system is already stressed. A healthy diet should be your foundation,” Dr. Znidarsic says.
- Don’t ban junk food. Dr. Rowell resists the urge to label food “good” or “bad,” and routinely allows less-than-healthy options. “We enjoy Cheetos along with Brussels sprouts and homemade stir-fry,” she says. Her reason? “When foods are forbidden, kids can end up really craving them, and that can set them up for eating problems later in life,” she points out. “Allowing occasional ‘junk food’ with meals and at snack times is almost like inoculating kids. The food loses its mystique, and kids learn to manage it as just another food.”
- Keep vaccinations up to date. “In our family, we talk about the importance of vaccines and how they protect us from diseases that make us very sick,” Dr. Moorjani says. “I also try to be a role model for my kids. Every fall, I make an appointment for our entire family to go to our regular pediatrician, and each one of us rolls up our sleeves—myself and my husband included—to receive our yearly flu shot.”
- Let kids feel their feelings. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, poor emotional health can weaken the immune system, increasing susceptibility to colds and other illnesses. Help boost your child’s health by recognizing and respecting his feelings. “So often adults will jump in and say It’ll be okay or Don’t worry or Let’s think about something else when a child is scared or sad,” Dr. Rowell says. “It’s better to begin by allowing them space to feel their emotions and to connect. I try to say things like, ‘That sounds like it was really hard’ or ‘I’m sorry you’re going through this.'”
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