5 Things Parents Need to Do to Ensure Children’s Health in the Future

5 Things Parents Need to Do to Ensure Children’s Health in the Future

Raising a healthy child sounds simple enough. But, in practice, of course, this is not easy to do. The reason is, the environment has a considerable influence on the health of children. So, as a parent, what can you do to maintain their health? Check out the tips in this article.

1. Meet the nutritional intake

Provision of proper nutrition is the key to maintaining the overall health of children. Regulating the nutrients in food is actually not difficult. You can start by adopting a balanced diet that contains protein, carbohydrates, and good fats from fruits and vegetables.

When cooking in the kitchen, choose cooking methods that don’t use a lot of oil, such as grilling, sauteing, and steaming. Reduce consumption, excessive sugar and salt and replace menu snack unhealthy with a bowl of fresh fruit rich in vitamins. Pay attention to the portion of the child’s meal , serve food on a smaller plate to maintain the portion. Most importantly, make it mandatory for children to have breakfast every day and don’t miss lunch or dinner.

2. Teach to actively move

Most kids definitely love me watching TV . In general, they can spend hours watching their favorite cartoon series. This makes him lazy to move, which in turn can increase the risk of various diseases.

It’s a good idea to invite children to get used to being active in sports from an early age. As you get older, it becomes more difficult to build a child’s habits to meet the needs of physical activity.

Broadly speaking, exercise can help various body tissues to develop, and train the body to coordinate well. By being active, various bone, muscle and joint tissues will be able to absorb nutrients better so they can grow stronger.

3. Provide an understanding of the importance of maintaining personal health

Education on sexual knowledge given from an early age will make it easier for children to increase self-confidence, a healthy personality, as well as positive self-acceptance. You can explain to children in simple and easy-to-understand language that only they can keep their own bodies healthy, clean and awake. For example, by teaching him how to clean and care for the genital area properly and correctly.

If you’re talking about taking care of yourself and your genitals, then you’re also ready to talk about puberty with your child. Girls need to know about breast development and menstruation. Boys need to know about erections and wet dreams too. Do not consider these two things taboo. It is very important to teach sexual education to your teenager. If they don’t get info from you, they will get some of that info from sources that aren’t clear where it came from and are misunderstood.

4. Immunize

Vaccination, or also known as immunization, is the first step to prevent children from the dangers of disease. Immunization is done by injecting a weak form of a certain disease virus or bacteria that serves to trigger a child’s immune response. Thus, the child’s body will produce antibodies to fight the disease. Well, this is how immunization can increase a child’s immune system.

In Indonesia, there are 5 types of compulsory immunization that are given free of charge at Posyandu since the baby is born, namely hepatitis B, BCG, polio, measles, and pentavalent (DPT-HB-HiB). Currently the government has also implemented the MR (German Measles and Measles) vaccination starting in 2017 as an immunization program. Specifically, the pentavalent vaccine is given to prevent 6 diseases at once, namely diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B, pneumonia, and meningitis (inflammation of the brain).

While other types of child immunization that should also be done are:

  • Flu vaccine , which can be done when the child is at least 6 months old and repeated every year. This type of immunization is an immunization that is safe for all children with different conditions.
  • The HPV vaccine can be given when the child is 9 years old. This vaccine is given to protect children’s bodies from the human papilloma virus which can cause various diseases such as cervical cancer, pre-anal cancer, vulvar pre-cancer, vaginal pre-cancer, and genital warts.
  • The varicella vaccine, given after the child is 12 months old, is best given before the child enters primary school. This vaccine serves to prevent children from chickenpox.
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV), which is given starting at 2 months of age (first dose), then a second dose at 4 months of age, and a third dose at 6 months of age. If given to children aged 7-12 months, it is 2 times with an interval of 2 months. This vaccine serves to protect the child’s body from pneumococcal bacteria that can cause pneumonia.

5. Be a good role model

In addition to the various things described above, the basic key that is no less important to maintaining the health of children is to be a good role model. Remember, children’s behavior imitates their parents. Therefore, you are also required to implement a healthy life as a whole. If you smoke, quit smoking. In addition, avoid consuming alcoholic beverages. Make yourself a good role model for your children in the future.

Reference

MAULANA, Muhammad Sobri. RISK OF LANGUAGE DELAY IN TODDLERS WITH PROLONGED SCREEN TIME : EVIDENCE BASED CASE REPOR. JECIES: Journal of Early Childhood Islamic Education Study, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 34-48, mar. 2020. ISSN 2721-6004. Available at: <https://e-journal.stit-islamic-village.ac.id/jecies/article/view/53>. Date accessed: 08 june 2021. doi:https://doi.org/10.33853/jecies.v1i1.53.

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