Keeping kids healthy
Children are not just mini-adults – they have their own specific nutritional needs, and face different health conditions. Below are a number of tips to help you support your kids through some of the most common children’s health challenges.
Our children’s ability to fight and recover from illness is largely dependent on how well their immune system is functioning. A healthy immune system is crucial to their overall health and wellbeing, and also protects them from bugs that they are exposed to.
Unfortunately, many children will suffer from a recurrent infection at some point – among the most common are otitis media, along with chest, gut and skin infections. Recurrent infections are often a sign of an under-functioning immune system. Fortunately there are many ways we can help to support our children’s immune systems – some of these include the use of immune stimulating herbal medicines and nutrients, along with dietary changes.
Children’s diets can be a source of concern for parents. Many parents worry that their children aren’t eating enough, or not eating enough of the right thing. As many as 8 out of 10 Australian parents worry about their children’s eating habits – and a third of parents worry that their kids aren’t eating enough. Young children will never voluntarily starve themselves, and fussy eating is quite normal. Establishing health eating early will help your child remain strong and healthy.
Learning & concentration
Children’s brains continue to develop throughout their childhood – with some areas not being fully developed until the mid-teens, and some not finished developing until adulthood. Learning and concentration problems are quite common during childhood, and can vary greatly from mild to severe. Concentration and learning are separate brain processes, but they are related, and one is needed by the other. Nutrition has an important influence on brain development – it can affect the physical structure of the brain, and the amount and type of neurotransmitters that are produced, which influences how it functions.
An increase in sedentary activities such as watching TV, DVDs and playing on computers, tablets and mobile phones is linked to a greater risk of children being overweight, and obese.
This is partially due to the increased sedentary time, taking away from the time children could be physically active – but children who watch more than 2 hours of TV per day are also more likely to have an unhealthy diet – snacking on foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat while watching TV. Encouraging your children to be active every day and providing a balanced diet, with healthy snack options will have a positive impact on your kids’ health and wellbeing.