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How to Raise a Healthy Child




Raising a child to be healthy is not just about ensuring your child eats enough. Read on to know the common mistakes that parents make with regards to their child’s health and what parents can do to raise a healthy child.


Teaching children about the importance of health, and inculcating healthy habits in children from a young age has become very important these days. Today various health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, etc. which used to affect only adults are now affecting children as well. Not only do you have to teach your children about the value of good nutrition
, but also teach them to lead healthy lives.


Common Health Mistakes that Parents Make

If you try to find out the common cause behind all health problems, you will discover that wrong eating habits, lack of psychical activity and a limited understanding of healthy living are some of the main causes of sickly unhealthy children. The introduction and popularity of junk food has spoilt the health and digestive systems of children and adults alike.

Mothers may not have too much time, or they may not wish to spend time slaving in the kitchen these days and they therefore pay less attention to whether or not the daily nutritional requirements of their children are met. Moreover, in the case of picky eaters, mothers give their children what they like to eat and become satisfied thinking that their children ate something at least. Children have also left outdoor playing and stay glued to video games or watch television in their free time. If the parents are busy with their schedule, they prefer this because they can carry on with their work without interruption.


Tips for Raising a Healthy Child

Have a quick look at the basic things which will help you to raise a healthy child. 


Nutrition: 
Pay attention to nutrition from the very beginning and habituate your child into eating different types of food. Try to include fresh fruits, vegetables, pulses and cereals in their diet. Follow a balanced diet to ensure that your child has all the nutrition that he requires to grow into a healthy adult. If you are not very confident about these things, you can take help from professional dieticians easily.


Exercise: 
 Nowadays there are many exercise classes for kids such as yoga, athletics, dance, aerobics and gymnastics. Enrol your child in some of these classes if you feel he is not getting enough exercise. The best way, however, would be to engage your child in any kind of sport that interests him. This will not only help him workout properly, but also make him fresh and energetic every day.


Rest: 
 Proper rest is also important for the healthy growth of your child. Teach him early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. But for this, you will also have to get rid of some of your bad habits. Stop watching late night television programs. Set a good example for your kids. Make sure he sleeps well and takes rest at least 8 hours at night. This will help him regain his energy and rest will recharge his brain too.

Follow the tips and try to encourage your kids in opting for different types of activities. Make him understand the importance of nutrition and exercise in life. Introduce healthy and nutritional snacks, support activities with friends and add variety to the lives of your children so that they do not feel monotonous or forced.


What mistakes do parents make in raising healthy kids? How can parents ensure that their child eat healthy? What can parents do to raise healthy children? Discuss here.

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Payal.4 years ago
Interesting and though provoking article. Balanced nutritious diet is the key.
 
 
 
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sky.5 years ago
informative article. kids need to have a nutritious diet along with physical activity for good health
 
 
 
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Gulki.5 years ago
very good reading this article especially the mistakes that parents make. Indeed parents do pamper their kids and this affects the health.
 
 
 
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Sargun Mallick.5 years ago
very good article. it is the duty of the parents to raise a healthy child. ensuring good nutrition and physical activity helps in overall development.
 
 
 
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