Children’s health consists of all of the ingredients necessary to keep a child healthy. It includes many different factors.
For instance, how is the child’s emotional well being? What can be done to promote a healthy environment for children to grow up in, including family life, school, the surrounding community, and access to health care? The availability of childcare, for example, is a major element of children’s health. So is the child’s ability to participate in sports, which has been proven to help develop a child’s sense of self and sense of community, and foster friendships with other children.
Also, children’s health includes the prevention, symptoms, and treatment of medical problems that concern children. For example, asthma and allergies are very common in children. With the right treatment, children with asthma or allergies can lead normal, happy lives.
Besides asthma, childhood obesity is a major problem in the U.S., affecting hundreds of thousands of children daily. Questions you may want to ask are is your child eating food with high nutritional value? Is your child eating enough or not enough? Many American children are not getting healthy food in their neighborhoods or at school. These are critical questions that you can get help with by seeing your doctor.
Another issue that affects children greatly is birth defects, most of which require medical attention from an early age. Some birth defects, such as fetal alcohol syndrome, can be caused by the behavior of the parents, in this case by the mother drinking alcohol in quantities large enough to negatively affect the development of the baby in the womb.
Children’s health also includes family health and parenting. Questions you should ask yourself are, how is the family being cared for medically? Do you have enough access to health care for the whole family? Do you have a first aid kit in the home for dealing with minor scrapes and cuts that come along with being a child at play?
Parenting skills are an important part of raising a child, and help with them is available from your doctor.
Other things related to healthy child development include breastfeeding, immunizations, and child safety. During an infant’s early months, breastfeeding is not only a way to pass nutrients to the child but also for bonding between the mother and child.
A child also needs immunization shots against common diseases. These immunizations are numerous and need to be done by your pediatrician. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have different immunization schedules or lists for children aged 0 to 6, and 7 to 18. One common ailment that all children should get immunizations for every year is influenza, or the common flu. Flu season occurs every year in the winter months and it’s important to get your child vaccinated against it.
Other important immunizations to get between the ages of 10 and 18 years are tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.