The Healthy Child
The Healthy Child
Physical growth affects different parts of your child's body at different rates. Ultimately, growth is complete between ages 16 and 18.
Nutrition & Eating
A child's nutritional needs vary as he or she grows and develops. But starting good eating habits in infancy will help set healthy eating patterns for life.
Good oral hygiene should begin when your child is an infant and continue throughout childhood. Children should have their first dental exam around their first birthday.
Hearing, Speech, & Language
Children develop speech, language, and hearing skills at different ages. Talk with your child's health care provider if you suspect that your child is not developing speech and language skills correctly.
Up to 20 percent of children have some type of vision problem. They can be far-sighted or near-sighted - or have astigmatism, crossed eyes, or lazy eye.
Sports Safety & Injuries
Sports are a great way to encourage regular physical activity in children. To prevent injuries, though, make sure they wear appropriate safety gear.
Activities & Exercise
Children don't have to play competitive sports to be fit. They do need regular, vigorous exercise - preferably activities they enjoy.
Children need their sleep. Without adequate rest, they can find it difficult to solve problems and memorize lessons, which can lower grades and self-esteem.
Safety & Injury Prevention
Keep your children safe at home, at play, and on the go. "Child-proof" your house, buy age-appropriate toys, and always buckle them into a safety seat in the car.
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