aritra  Healthy Kids - Part 4

aritra Healthy Kids - Part 4

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How to Keep Track of Kid’s Health and Fitness?

“Health is Wealth”- this adage still holds true despite changing times. And when it comes to your little one’s health, it becomes a maxim. Being a parent it is obvious that your kid’s health fitness is your primary concern. Your kid’s health problems can even frustrate you. This situation can be avoided if you remain cautious about your child’s health beforehand. How? Here we talk about certain parenting practices that will help you keep track of your kid’s health and fitness.

You should take your child to health care centers for regular check-ups. The pediatrician will diagnose problems, if any, and treat them. He will also educate you about common health problems of children and suggest measures to ensure your kid’s healthy condition. If your kid is under regular check-ups, the chances of him/her falling ill are less.

Lack of healthy diet can affect your kid’s health and fitness. Always ensure that your child is taking nutritious food in right quantity. But do not force your child to eat when he/she refuses. The loss of appetite could be due to health reasons. Take your child to a pediatrician, instead of battling with him/her regularly over food.

Your kid’s healthy life depends a lot on his/her weight. Do not neglect the matter if you find your child is underweight. Do not just assume that only a rich diet will help your kid to gain proper weight. Your kid may be suffering from a genetic disorder called celiac disease. Take your little one to a pediatrician for diagnosis.

Being overweight is equally harmful for your kid’s health and fitness. It could develop into full blown problems such as diabetes pretty early in life. If you find your kid is gaining extra weight, make him/her do physical exercise. For best results, combine physical exercise with proper diet. Consult a nutrition expert and have a diet chart made.

You should ensure that your little one is getting proper sleep. Eight to nine hours sleep everyday is essential to keep your kid healthy and fit. If your kid suffers from sleep deprivation, try to find out the reason behind it. It may happen that your kid is suffering from anxiety disorder or depression. There could be physical reasons as well. Talk to your little one and try to get to the bottom of the problem.

If you find your kid is not taking interests in any activity, do not ignore. It is very rare to find a healthy and fit kid sitting idly all the time. Try to detect the problem by observing his/her behaviors. This would give you indications if your kid is upset, scared, or angry. However, if you can not make out the problem on your own, consult a physician or a psychiatrist.

As you have seen, a little effort on your part goes a long way to keep your kid healthy and fit. Create a checklist of the necessary tasks and follow them for your kid’s health and fitness. Happy parenting!

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How To Choose Healthy Food For Kids?

Children are under the notion that parents are always trying to force food down their throat. Every time it is lunch time or dinner time, there is a constant bickering going on around the house. This is primarily because of the fact that parents are trying to make the kids wipe their plates clean, and the children refuse to do so.

How can you as parents solve this problem, and who will give you the guidance? If this is the question, then look no further. You will find answer to this universal question, how to choose healthy food for kids without their face twitching expressions.

The trick is to first decide on the diet for your children. There are certain food groups that are very essential for a child’s growth and stamina. These food groups include grains, vegetables, fruits, milk or other calcium rich food items, food items containing iron like meat, fish etc. All these things are essential for your child, but they are unable to provide them with the adequate amount of each of these on a daily basis. The reason being that as a child grows, he/she starts understanding the options that they have in terms of food choice. At such a time, if you do not explain to them the disadvantages of unhealthy eating, then you may kiss your chances of developing your child’s perfect health goodbye.

The best way that you may choose healthy food items for your kids would be by researching the amount of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, iron etc contained in your daily diet. Once that is clear, you may change a few items in your daily menu. Maybe, instead of giving milk daily to your kid, you serve him/her with a glass of calcium fortified orange juice or yogurt, or cheese once in a while. That way, your kid understands that you are not forcing him to eat according to your choice, and thinking about his likes and dislikes as well. Similarly, you may download a few healthy recipes from the Internet, or ask your friends for recipes.

Choosing the right kind of diet for your kid depends on you. However, due to change in the lifestyles, we are unable to maintain a set pattern of food habit. But, it is never too late to try and make a few changes for the benefit of your children. After all, for a kid, the parents are the only experts.

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Why Are Health Lesson Plans Important For Children?

With all the environmental changes around us, it is imperative that kids suffer from a lot of health issues. For any parent or teacher, it is possibly an issue of the highest importance. To overcome this crisis, the grownups should prepare a health lesson plan for the children. The entire purpose of preparing a health lesson plan is to impart a child with healthy and positive knowledge that he/she will carry on for life.

Preparing a health lesson plan makes the kids aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy body and healthy mind. It is like a list of do’s and don’ts that are prepared keeping in mind the best interests of the kids. However, the list has to be prepared according to the age of the children. Lesson plans will be of three basic types:

Kindergarten or Preschool Plan: A kid studying in kindergarten is more receptive to fun and visuals. The primary objective in this age group would be to develop a sense of awareness about their own body; for example, how to maintain healthy teeth and gums, cleanliness of the whole body, scalp problems, proper food habits etc. These can be communicated to them with the help of some fun activities and colorful pictures. Certain stories may be shared with them explaining the difference between a healthy body and an unhealthy one.

Middle School Plan: A child in middle school faces lot of peer pressure and confusions. At this age children are usually not much into fun activities, but, will respond better if the activities are made more interactive. By making them discuss a health issue, you will not only make the child more interested to learn, but also give them a chance to express themselves. At this age they can sense a definite change in their bodies. Developing a lesson plan helps them understand these changes that will give them a moral boost and help them keep a straight head.

High School Plan: A high school student normally poses to be the most challenging. Since they are at go between ages therefore, they sometimes feel out of place. The chances of the child going astray are increased at this age. Starting from drug abuse to unhealthy food habits and lack of physical activities, all happens now. Therefore, since for most part of the day children are at school, the teacher should make an extra effort in preparing their lesson plan. It should elaborate the effects of the negative thinking process which children of that age develop, and methods to overcome them. It is best to keep the interactions on an informal tone than a strict and monotonous one, if intentions are to keep the student’s mind in the class.

All lesson plans are not suitable for children. However, an effort must be made from the grownup’s end since they have seen and experienced more of life than the kids. Hence you need to be first aware as to why are health lesson plans important for kids, and how can you both reap benefits out of it.

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The Role of Non-medical Interventions in Attention Deficit Disorders

So it’s confirmed that your child is suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). You now even know the medical interventions that have been prescribed by the doctors. But are you aware of the role that non-medical interventions have to play in attention deficit disorder treatment? Only a proper combination of medical and non-medical interventions can be effective in the treatment of attention deficit disorder.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Kids

Let’s discuss the role of non-medical intervention in attention deficit disorder treatment. Along with medicines, the child needs to undergo individual and family therapy/counseling from a child psychologist. Most importantly there needs to be perfect coordination among the parents, doctors, teachers and caregivers for successful attention deficit disorder treatment.

Some of the tried and tested non-medical interventions that can be applied by the parents are:

Modification of behavior to help the child control his impulsiveness.

Defining and setting clear expectations and limits for your child.

Using token rewards and praises for reinforcing the desired behaviors from the child.

Refrain from using negative reinforcements and punishments for undesirable behaviors.

Using simple commands for doing daily chores; like not asking him to “clean the room” but breaking the same activity into series of steps:

3. Arranging the clothes in the closets

Using tools like lists, notes, reminders and calendars to break down large tasks or activities into smaller ones.

Allowing the child to see the natural consequences of his actions ( e.g. if he breaks a toy then he will not be able to play with it).

Make him understand the logical consequences of his actions (e.g. if the child is adamant to play with the toys during study hours, instruct him to put the toys away and tell him that if he doesn’t, you will put them away and he would not be able to play with them for the rest of the day).

Withholding privileges enjoyed by your child ( e.g. if the child loves playing on gaming devices or loves watching movies, then disallow him from doing so in case of misbehavior).

Encouraging the child to participate in extracurricular activities.

Providing him with some social skills training.

Try to prepare the child mentally if there is any break in his routine life (e.g. visiting of guests or going on a trip/vacation etc.).

Learning to anticipate what kind of environment can be problematic for your child (e.g. if planning to eat out or go shopping, then be ready with a plan of action).

It is very essential for you to inform the school about the attention deficit disorder of your child. Teachers play very important roles in attention deficit disorder treatment. After consultation with the parent the teachers can help the child by:

Little Extra Attention Can Work Wonders!

Making him sit close to the teacher’s desk to avoid the child getting distracted.

Using both oral and written instructions for assignments.

Giving single and shorter assignments every time.

Allowing more time to take tests or taking tests that aren’t time bound.

Using oral tests for child with attention deficit disorder.

Assigning “study buddy” in school who can help the child to remind about assignments, what books to be taken, deadlines etc.

Maintaining a school-to-home diary that will facilitate discussion between you and the teachers and may include:

4. Feedbacks on the child’s performance in class, level of attention, ability to take instructions, social interactions with classmates etc.

So now you are informed about the role of non-medical intervention in attention deficit disorder treatment. The understanding and application of these are absolutely crucial for treatment of attention deficit disorder. But most importantly it is your love, care and attention that the child will require to overcome this disorder.

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The Role of Medical Interventions in Attention Deficit Disorders

So your child has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? You are even aware of the severity of the attention deficit disorder that your child is suffering from. Now is the time to be prepared for a long drawn battle as attention deficit disorder treatment may take years to complete. And with the help of your doctor you will have to decide on the appropriate medical and non-medical interventions that are required for treatment of attention deficit disorder of your child.

Today we will discuss the role of medical interventions in attention deficit disorder. Let’s first accept the truth that there is no “magic pill” that can help in attention deficit disorder treatment. Treatment of attention deficit disorder requires prolonged and continuous medications that only help in controlling the symptoms of the disorders. But many children have benefited from the medications that have helped them in controlling impulsiveness, increasing attention time span and curbing hyperactivity and aggressiveness.

For attention deficit disorder treatment, stimulants are the medicines that are commonly used. These medicines actually improve the chemical imbalances in the brain. Several neuro-imaging studies have shown that the children suffering from attention deficit disorder have improved functioning of brain and reduction in symptoms after they have taken their prescribed medicines.

The stimulants that are commonly used in attention deficit disorder treatment act quickly, but have short action on the children in terms of time span. In other words, they begin working within 30-60 minutes of intake but their effects last only for 2-4 hours. Most of the children need to usually take three doses – one in the morning, another at noon to control the symptoms of attention deficit disorder and the third after the school hours. However, now there is a new drug available in the market that needs to be taken just once a day.

The medicines used in attention deficit disorder treatment are generally safe and have very few side effects like poor appetite, mild headaches and stomachaches etc. However, these are usually in the first year of medication and recedes subsequently. Also, an alteration in the diet pattern and constant monitoring by you can actually help the doctors to decide on the right doses that are suitable for your child. That is a major reason because of which sometimes it may take a few days or even weeks to find the right doses for your child. It has been observed sometimes that one particular form of stimulant may not work for a child. Then the doctors try alternative form of stimulants and see whether the child is responding to that or not. Also, in certain severe cases of attention deficit disorder, anti-depressants or anti-hypertensive medications are administered to the child under strict medical supervision.

However, not all children need to take medicines for attention deficit disorder throughout their life. A lot depends on the effectiveness of the medicines in each child and also the severity of the attention deficit disorder i.e. whether it is mild, moderate or severe.

Now that you are aware of the role of medical interventions in attention deficit disorder, it will be easier for you to consult with your doctor and decide on the correct medication for your child. Remember, you should not stop your child from taking medicines at your own discretion as that can be fatal. So, go ahead and combat the disorder confidently. But don’t forget to show love, care and attention to your child while doing so. After all, no medicines can be as soothing as a parent’s love. Isn’t it?

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