Your choices as a parent begin before your child is
From what to feed them to how to discipline, parenting seems to be one choice after
The choices you make regarding your child’s health will affect them throughout their
These are decisions best made with plenty of thought and information. Here are some
general tips on making healthy parenting choices.
Make a Breast-Feeding Decision
Breast-feeding is a wonderful way for you and baby to
bond while you give them the most all-natural nutrition possible.
But breast-feeding isn’t for everyone.
It requires a lot of time, dedication, devotion to healthy eating, and all-hour
Work with your doctor to make a decision about what’s best for you and your
Provide Natural Foods
Processed foods are often full of sugar, sodium,
unhealthy fats, and calories.
Avoid making meals for your children using the fake stuff, and opt for:
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- whole grains
- lean cuts of meat/li>
- fresh fish
- fiber-rich foods like beans and leafy greens
Here’s a tip for grocery shopping: Shop the perimeter
of the store where the fresh foods are.
Avoid the inside aisles where many of the processed foods reside.
Eat the Alphabet
Nearly all children get plenty of vitamins — A, B, C,
D, etc. — in the foods they eat every day.
A multivitamin is not generally necessary for children.
Simply pack meals with vitamin-rich foods.
Talk to your pediatrician about a daily multivitamin if you are concerned.
Avoid the “Clean Plate” Rule
Your grandmother had the best intentions for you when
she wouldn’t let you leave the table before you finished your broccoli, but the truth
is that your child knows when he or she is full and needs to stop eating.
When children say they don’t want any more, they probably aren’t trying to skip out
on their vegetables; their bodies are just letting them they’ve had enough.
Overeating could lead to unwanted weight gain.
Get Them Off the Couch
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled
in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2012, nearly 18 percent of children in the
United States ages 6 to 11 were obese. Physical activity is very important for
children. It sets the stage for a lifetime of health and nutrition. Public health
experts recommend 60 minutes of daily physical activity for children.
Team or individual sports are a great way to
encourage physical activity.
Outside a structured sports setting, motivate your children to spend more time
playing than sitting.
Plan family activity nights or set up play dates with neighbours.
Baby Their Skin
Summers are for kids, but summer sun isn’t.
Ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the skin and increase chances for developing skin
cancer later in life.
Babies younger than six months should avoid direct sunlight if at all possible.
(If being in the sun is unavoidable, use sunscreen with formulas designed for babies
Babies over six months and all children should wear a sunscreen with a sun protection
factor of at least 30.
Reapply every two hours or more frequently if your child is sweating or in the
Create a Healthy Smile
Good dental and oral health goes beyond cavity-free
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, tooth decay is the most
common chronic childhood disease.
Tooth decay can lead to problems with speaking and learning if left untreated.
Fluoride can almost completely eliminate tooth decay in young children.
Your children should receive a fluoride treatment at each of their semiannual
If your tap water doesn’t have fluoride, ask your dentist about other ways to get
- 26 Feb 2015