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7 Tips for Keeping your Kids Fit and Healthy

7 Tips for Keeping your Kids Fit and Healthy

As parents we want to raise happy, healthy kids. But that is easier said than done. With so many illnesses going around and the screen-loving lifestyle of today’s kids, it can seem like quite a challenge to keep kids fit and healthy.

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Here are 7 pediatrician recommended tips to help kids thrive

1.    Encourage a balanced diet. Start the day with a breakfast made up of protein and whole grains and little or no sugar. Kids should have 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein should make up other meals and snacks in addition to fruits and vegetables. If your kids don’t like many vegetables, try to encourage them to eat the ones they do like. If your child’s diet is lacking in fruits and vegetables, they may need to supplement their diet with a children’s multivitamin.

2.    Develop healthy eating habits. Teach kids to stop eating when they feel full. Do not force them to eat everything on their plate. Develop a healthy eating schedule with meals at regular times and 1-2 snacks per day. Dessert should be an occasional treat, not an everyday routine. Do not reward or punish kids’ behavior with food.

3.    Keep hydrated with water. Try to limit or eliminate sugary beverages, like juice, soda, and sports drinks.. Kids should drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Sports drinks are not necessary for proper hydration and only add unnecessary sugar and other additives to kids’ diets.

4.    Model an active lifestyle. Parents who are active are more likely to have kids who are active. Encourage activities like bike riding, walking, hiking, running, playing sports, or jumping on a trampoline. Kids are naturally active when not distracted by too much screen time. When the screens go off, kids get moving. It’s simply natural.

5.    Help kids get adequate sleep. Sleep is a crucial part of healthy growth and development for kids. Early, routine bedtimes help to develop healthy sleeping habits.Electronics should all be turned off at least one hour before bedtime.  Kids should have adequate time to fall asleep naturally in their own beds in a dark room to promote a healthy circadian rhythm. Create a comfortable climate with optimal temperatures. If your child has persistent  trouble settling down to sleep or staying asleep, call our office to discuss these concerns with your child’s pediatrician.

6.    Schedule Well Child Visits. Kids should have regular well child visits with a pediatrician every year. Well child visits serve to evaluate growth and development as well as overall health. Such visits also give parents an opportunity to discuss any concerns about their children with their doctor. Health insurance plans typically cover yearly well child checkups with no copayment required.

7.    Stay current with Pediatric Immunizations. As part of yearly well child checks, immunizations are recommended at certain ages. Most schools require students to be current on all pediatric immunizations before attending school. Some immunizations are administered at birth and others are administered at varying intervals every few months in the first 2 years of a child’s life. The next set of immunizations are typically administered around age 4 or 5 before a child starts kindergarten and others are recommended later in a child’s life. Your pediatrician will advise you on the best timing for pediatric immunizations.

Pediatric Services in New Jersey

Are you in need of pediatric services for your child? If your goal as a parent is to raise healthy, fit kids, a key element of that process includes pediatric services from a licensed medical doctor. Pediatric services are important when kids are sick and when they are well. A large part of a child’s health is preventive care, such as immunizations. Well child checks also include vision and hearing screenings to identify any potential issues.

Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group offers Pediatric Services in New Jersey

Looking for help in raising healthy kids? Our practice, part of the Advocare New Jersey network of doctors, wants to make it easier for parents to help their kids grow up healthy and happy. Working closely with a pediatrician is the best way to ensure your children are getting the necessary healthcare they need.

Call Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group today at (856) 547-7300 to make an appointment at our Haddon Heights office or (856) 294-5600 to make an appointment at our Mullica Hill office. We are here to help raise healthy kids. 

 
Posted: 12/16/2019 9:25:42 AM by Paul Matz | with 0 comments


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