Help Your Child Stay Safe & Healthy
“Raising children is a big job” – says Dr. Rubinshteyn, a Pediatrician at Meadowlands Hospital. “It can be overwhelming to think about all the things your child needs to learn to stay safe and healthy. In addition to teaching children good eating and activity habits, you can also teach them some basic health and safety habits.Remember that your child learns habits by watching you. If you and the rest of your family follow healthy habits, your child will learn them from you. And if you have bad habits, your child will learn those too,” she adds. These are Dr. Rubinshteyn’s tips on raising a healthy child:
Good general habits for a healthy life. Help your children learn to:
• Think. Children need to learn that actions have consequences. They need to learn the difference between fantasy and reality.
• Talk openly. Encourage your children to talk about what is bothering them.
• Relax. Learn relaxation skills, and teach them to your children.
• Eat well. Encourage your children to learn about and enjoy healthy foods. • Be active. Help your children find physical activities and hobbies they enjoy. Also, limit the amount of time they watch TV or use the computer.
Preventing illness. Kids get dirty. They play with other kids who may be sick. Teach them the following habits to keep them healthier:
• Wash your hands each time you use the toilet, after you blow your nose, and before you eat.
• Don't share hats, combs, toothbrushes, or other personal items with other children.
• Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
• Don't touch other children's blood, urine, stool, or other body fluids.
Good safety habits. The world can be a dangerous place. But you can teach your children habits that will help keep them safer:
• Always wear a seat belt.
• Wear a helmet when biking, snowboarding, or skiing.
• Never swim alone.
• Know how to call for emergency help.
• Be careful around strangers. Know when and how to stay away from them.
• If you get lost, ask for help right away.
• Don't cross the street alone or without permission.
• Don't play in the driveway or around cars.
• Don't play with guns. Parents should keep all guns locked up. Lock up ammunition separately.