Child Health

Guide to child health care

Good nutrition and regular activity can go a long way in keeping your child healthy. However, you also need to be prepared for when emergencies or unforseen illnesses strike. This is why having child health insurance is extremely important part of providing overall child health care.

The Basics of Child Health: Fitness and Nutrition

Child health and nutrition go hand in hand, but making good food choices takes effort and awareness on your part. Children tend to be picky eaters, and they don't always want to eat what you put in front of them, so child nutrition can be a battle for many parents.

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Nevertheless, you need to ensure that you are offering a balanced diet to support your growing child's needs. Offer them many choices of dairy, protein and legumes, grains, and vegetables and fruit – and, equally important, cut down on how often they eat convenience food and junk food that is, unfortunately, so readily available. Planning meals and working with your child's tastes can help make mealtimes less of a struggle.

Child health fitness programs are available to help you take care of your child's other health needs, which include exercise. Ensure that your child gets at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. This can help your child maintain a healthy weight and reduce their risk of developing diseases like childhood obesity. Instead of offering video games, try enrolling your child in a sport or activity that requires running and cardiovascular fitness, but it should also be something they like. Even better, go outside and be active with them. Keeping active, especially in a fun family setting or other social atmosphere, is good for your child's mental health, too.

Child Health Insurance

Affordable child health insurance can be hard to find, but if you have an existing health insurance provider, you should ask how much it will cost to put your child on your plan. Health insurance is extremely important for children – their immune systems are still developing, and if your child gets sick, you will need to be able to access health care immediately. If you can't afford any insurance, check with your state – there may be free health insurance for children available in the form of Medicaid.

Keeping your child happy and healthy is your number one job as a parent. Take advantage of all the parenting resources around you to help you make good choices that will keep your child healthy, and that will help them to grow up and become a healthy adult, too.