Here are some tips for keeping your kids safe this National Child Health Day and all year through:
· Make sure your child gets enough sleep (10 hours per night). Establish a bedtime routine that includes bathing, teeth brushing, getting ready for bed, and reading a story in bed.
· Model good eating habits for your child by drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods.
· Avoid obesity by keeping junk foods to a minimum. Birthday cake at a party is fine, but not everyday. Also, avoid empty calories in soft drinks and fatty foods which promote obesity and cause all kinds of health problems.
· Encourage your kids to play outside every day, or as often as the weather permits.
· Team sports, karate, gymnastics, or swim team are great ways for your kids to get regular exercise.
· Limit time your kids spend on the Internet, TV, messaging or online gaming.
· Keep your kids away from smokers as second-hand smoke can make asthma worse and cause other respiratory problems.
· Help your kids establish good hygiene habits by having them always wash their hands after using the restroom, before eating, before helping with food, and after wiping their nose.
· Prevent infection by properly cleaning and bandaging scrapes and cuts.
· See your family’s physician regularly for checkups and immunizations.
· Don’t send your kids to school if they’re sick and avoid contact with friends you know are sick with any communicable illnesses.
· Keep your kids safe from household hazards like unsafe cleaning products, medicines, swimming pools, sharp tools, and unsafe furnishings.