Children learn best when they have good health, nutrition and plenty of sleep. Physical activity is essential to build strong healthy bodies. Healthy eating habits in childhood and adolescence promote optimal childhood health, growth and intellectual development. Sleep provides brainpower and fuels a child's growth and development. It enables the mind to stay alert thereby increasing the child's ability to learn and concentrate and adapt to new situations.
Here are some good health guidelines to help keep your child healthy and prevent illness.
- Encourage your child to be active by turning off the television and computer and getting active.
- Help your child make healthy eating choices by encouraging them to eat more fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water and eating fewer snacks.
- Maintain a constant sleep schedule for your child even when school is not in session.
- Have a relaxing bedtime routine that ends in the room where your child sleeps. Poor or inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as hyperactivity and cognitive problems that can impact their ability to learn at school.
- Teach your child about handwashing. Handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs. Remind your child to wash hands before and after eating, after using the toilet and after touching anything contaminated with secretions from the nose or mouth.
- Teaching your child to cover his cough or sneeze is an effective way in reducing the spread of germs. Use tissues or sleeves to cover cough and sneeze and then dispose of the used tissue is important.
- Avoid sharing of personal items such as water bottles, food, utensils, beverages, straws, toothbrushes, lip gloss, balm and lipsticks, towels, headgear, combs, brushes, etc to prevent the spread of germs to others.