Every parent wants their child to have a good life. A successful life. A healthy and long life.
And yet many well-meaning parents do little (or nothing) to prevent life-crippling diseases.
That's right--- prevent. We are talking about creating habits that will sustain health through a lifespan. Teaching kids to live in a way that will save them years of pain and disability.
Children with healthy habits have a huge advantage in life.
Kids who are taught to eat well, work well, play well, study well, these are the children who have the best chance to live well.
We know that childhood diabetes and heart disease--- the consequences of obesity and inactivity--- suddenly a terrible problem worldwide.
For the first time, young adults aged 15-30 are suffering more strokes and coronary events that adult over the age of 50!
How could it be more obvious that normal weight, normal exercise, balanced nutrition--- all have an enormous impact on quality of life?
Professional preventative health care is also one of the most important tasks of good parenting. Illness is not the only time your kids should visit a doctor.
Take your children for regular preventive health care doctor's visits. Keep up with immunizations and dental care, and weight, and overall fitness.
Preventive health care visits helps your child's doctor monitor growth and development. Those visits are a perfect time to discuss safety issues and receive health counseling. Plus, you should cover any concerns regarding their child.
Infants and small kids can't tell you if something is wrong. That's another great reason to schedule regular check-ups.
Remember, parents--- your child is headed toward puberty, and needs advice on healthy reactions, encouragement to exercise, on potential feelings of depression, and you need to know how to discuss drugs, alcohol, and (yikes!) sexual issues.
Howe often should you take your child to preventive exams?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following schedule for preventive childhood health care visits:
• Infancy: Newborn, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months
• Early Childhood: 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 3 years, 4 years
• Middle Childhood: 5 years, 6 years, 8 years, 10 years
• Adolescence: Yearly from age 11 to age 21
Remember, parents--- healthy young people will have greater energy, mental clarity, and their time won't be decimated by all the handicaps of disabilities.
They will become the future leaders of their world, and of yours. Invest in their future health, now!