April 21, 2011 6:43 am
By Barbara Pronin, RISMedia Columnist
RISMEDIA, April 21, 2011-Raising safe and healthy kids can be as much about using good common sense as about how much you read and study. But, says the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are a few simple guidelines that can make a parent's life more worry-free and a child's life healthy and happy.
From the CDC, here are 10 tips for setting off on the right road to child health and safety:
Know the risks Make a study of your family's health history and let your pediatrician know of any conditions or diseases for which your child may be at risk.
Good nutrition From babyhood on, introduce your children to a variety of fruits and vegetables and find innovative ways to ensure they continue to eat and enjoy them throughout their childhood.
Hand washing/hygiene One of the most important ways to keep kids healthy is to teach them to wash their hands often, especially after coughing, sneezing or using the bathroom.
Bicycle safety Bicycle helmets for kids age five and over reduce the risk of head and brain injury by as much as 88%. Be sure your kid wears one.
Compliment them Complimenting your kids when they do something noteworthy is the surest way to raise self-confident youngsters and keep open the lines of parent-child communication.
Cover up Too much sun exposure can raise the incidence of skin cancer later in life. Get in the habit early of giving your kids sunscreen protection.
Dental health Some 17% of children aged two to four already have dental decay. Teach kids early to brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily, to floss daily, and to see a dentist twice each year.
Exercise Physical activity helps build healthy bones and muscles and keeps obesity and high blood pressure at bay. Be sure your child engages in regular exercise.
Vaccinations Seeing a doctor regularly will ensure your child is protected by all recommended vaccinations.
Talk to them As age appropriate, explain the facts of life and talk to your kids about such topics as violence, abuse and bullying. Encourage them to talk about what worries them.
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