All parents try to give their best to bring up the child with
good physical and mental health. They try to offer the child best food, good
environment to play & learn and of course also ensure the necessary rest. With
different milestones defined for each stage of a child’s growth, it is possible
to track the children’s growth as they grow older. For instance, a six month
old kid should be able to respond her / his name and also easily roll over in
both the directions.
proper nutrition and fitness activities, children not only get physically
strong, but their psychological growth also sees an upward trend. Proper
vaccination schedule and routine medical checkups helps to check the
development of a child and also prevent any surprise health upsets. Young
children should be thoroughly checked for the following:
is very common to see any rashes or red bumps on a child’s skin. Most of them, such
as prickly heat and fifth disease are quite normal and non-problematic; but
some of them are definitely worth a concern.
the child turns 2, brain starts developing all the emotional feelings. It is
quite normal for a child in the age group of 5-6 to have mild mood changes. But
frequent and severe mood changes may be due to attention lapse and high
Any fever accompanied with body temperature greater than 100oC
is a matter of concern. The fever may due to a normal throat infection or may
be because of typhoid that necessitates hospitalization. Whatever may be the
case, it should be clearly brought to the attention of a physician, and self
medication is not recommended.
Shortness of Breath:
It is a very serious symptom and should never be ignored. The
illness can be pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma. No sort of self care medication
should be administered and the child should be immediately taken to a
Frequent Sore Throats:
throats or strep throats are usually considered the same, but it is not so.
While the former is due to viral infection, the latter is because streptococcus
bacteria. Usually sore throats are self healing and are seldom a cause of
Children are prone to allergies mainly because of food
substances. It can be wheat, soya bean, milk, eggs, berries, nuts, and several
other things. While trying out several foods, it is better to give one new food
at a time, so as to establish its side effects. As the child grows, most of the
allergies also vanish. So, after the age of five, the sidelined food products,
that were once causing allergies, can be retried.
Children should be educated at proper age for healthy food
habits, dental health, physical activities, effects of bad habits and much
more. It is not easy for a child to strictly adhere to the suggested practice
of a good habit. Repeated suggestions and advices are the only way out. For example, to make a child to get rid of
nail biting habit, it is necessary for the parent to divert the attention of
the child towards an activity that uses both the hands. Parent’s perseverance
and patience are keys to better healthier future of the children.