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Children are often unaware of the problems that can exist in their bodies and their busy energetic lives make them prime targets for neglecting their health.
Children are more susceptible to illness and disease when they are younger, as they have not yet been exposed to many common germs and so have not built up a strong immune system.
It is often hard to know when a child is ill or if they are faking illness to get a few days off school. If your child constantly tries to skip school and you suspect that he/she is not ill, contact the school, as bullying could be a possibility.
Ensure your child eats a balanced diet as good food, exercise and plenty of rest helps your child grow.
Physical activities provide many important health benefits for children as well as the rest of the family. Regular exercise can make children feel good and build their confidence. Parents should encourage children to participate in physical activities that are safe and fun. There are many activities the whole family can take part in such as, swimming, bicycle riding, walking and team sports, such as football, netball and tennis.
All schools make sport and physical education (P.E.) a regular part of the curriculum to encourage health awareness.
Another important thing you must do for the health of your child is ensure they have their immunizations. Immunization is the use of a vaccine to protect against disease. When a vaccine is given, the body produces substances called anti-bodies, which protect against future infections.
Immunization helps your child’s body develop a lasting resistance to serious infections and diseases. After the age of 2 months, you can have your child immunized to protect against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, Hib (to protect against bacterial meningitis) and polio. Then at the age of one year, another vaccine called M.M.R is given to protect against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German measles). The last vaccine a child should receive is at the age of 10-13 for Tuberculosis (B.C.G).
Remember children learn from their parents, if you regularly exercise and enjoy a healthy balanced diet they are likely to follow your example. Adopting healthy habits at an early age will help the child build these habits for the rest of their life.