Archives for May 15, 2022

Take care of your children’s health from a young age

Children are a very important group of the country’s population. During this period of their lives, parents from their children approach health, which will remain after maturity. Good health in childhood ensures healthy development in the future, which must be one of the greatest society goals in any country. Children’s health includes physical, mental, and social well-being. The healthcare basics for parents to ensure their children’s health include offering them healthy foods, making sure they get enough sleep, exercising, and ensuring their safety.

Nutrition

A child (from the age of 2) should eat 5-6 times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two or three snacks). It is recommended that breakfast and lunch should receive more than two-thirds of the daily calories and dinner less than one-third. Children should eat regularly – at the same time each day because then the body is ready to absorb food in advance. Foods should be varied as much as possible, especially low in fats (especially saturated fatty acids). Children’s diet should include vitamin-rich foods. Thus, it is recommended to eat vegetables, fruits, berries, and grains as much as possible, and eat food containing salt and sugar as little as possible. Also, it is recommended to feed children according to the healthy eating pyramid and/or healthy eating plate. This pyramid is based on grains, bread, potatoes, and their products, which should be eaten the most usually during the day. Also, it is recommended to include nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) rich food in children’s diets. Nicotinamide mononucleotide is a precursor of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+). According to scientific studies conducted in China in 2018, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is an important compound in all living cells that is involved in metabolism, improved insulin sensitivity, energy production and muscle endurance, improved mitochondrial function, cell signaling, gene expression, and DNA repair. NMN is found naturally in foods such as edamame, broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, and avocado. Many more foods that contain NMN include shrimps, tomatoes, beef, and mushrooms.

Sleep

A study in New Zealand found that children who sleep too little tend to be overweight. Professor Ed Mitchell of the University of Auckland and colleagues studied 591 seven-year-old children. It turned out that children of this age sleep on average 10.1 hours per day. Seven-year-old children who slept less than 9 hours a day are overweight or obese, according to a study published in the medical journal Sleep. Lack of sleep even triples the risk of gaining more weight. In addition, researchers have found that children who sleep fewer hours than average children sleeping time are more likely to have behavioral problems. In this study, researchers prove the importance of sleep for children’s health – getting enough sleep is one of the most important conditions for healthy growth. It should be mentioned that at different ages children go to sleep at different times.

Physical activity

The child begins to move already in the womb. The unborn child moves instinctively, unconsciously, and strengthens the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. The movement is the foundation of personality development. Physical inactivity also impairs mental capacity. When the body is inactive, the mind freezes and becomes lazy. Therefore, it is necessary to create conditions for free and meaningful expression. Restriction of movement causes physical, mental, nervous, and other illnesses, and currently obesity. Physical activity fully strengthens the child’s body and health. It is only unfortunate that we, as adults, involuntarily try to slow down our children from this physical activity.

Safety and emotional health

While the child is still in the womb, we spend most of our time thinking about how we will try to protect him from all the misfortunes of the world, and grow a happy and confident person. When babies are born, parents never lose sight of them, and grandparents, uncles, aunts, and other relatives work with parents in the team. We seem to be pursuing our goal so consistently: to ensure a happy, healthy, and unaffected world. When setting great goals, we forget the most important thing – health is not only the absence of illness or disability but also spiritual, and social well-being. A psychologist, A. Maslow, highlighted the idea of security by focusing on the spiritual well-being of people. According to the psychologist, there are five basic human needs: physiological, security, social, self-esteem and recognition, self-realization, and problem-solving. When we meet physiological needs, a person begins to care about personal safety: only when we feel safe, can we seek love for ourselves and the rest of the world. When we meet this need, we want to feel self-worth. Once we discover our value, we ultimately strive for self-expression, to be empowered. So, it is very important to build a foundation for a child’s mental health from the first day in this world.

Book Series of the month!

Join Dragon on 3 different adventures with this fun and adorable series!

In Just Be Yourself, Dragon, readers will help Dragon face her nerves on the first day of school. Through her joyful antics, little ones will learn the value of being true to oneself, and making friends along the way! I really liked the storyline of this one and highly recommend it for young children! You can buy it on Amazon.com.

Who Loves the Dragon? Shows our sweet Dragon in preparation for the annual Friendship Festival – and her dismay when she finds many of her friends may not be in attendance! Help cheer her up in the meantime, and engage with every page of this interactive tale! Another great story with lovable characters! You can also buy it on Amazon.com.

And last but not least…

Don’t Wake the Dragon is a bedtime story that features our dragon, who will NOT be woken up! As various castle members cause a ruckus, Dragon stays sound asleep…Until everyone else settles down. Children will love this interactive read-aloud, that ends with a dreamy lullaby! This is a really fun story and children will love the characters!

You can also buy it on Amazon.com.

You can also find these books at Barnes & Noble.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the books to facilitate this post. Cover images were also provided.

Must-Haves for Your Little Ones!

Aren’t these adorable?

Komuello Baby Shoes

Price: $32.00-$34.00

Eliminating lost socks and shoes, Komuello keeps tiny feet covered in comfort. Meet the most innovative-designed baby footwear that combines a sock and a shoe in an easy pull-off and pull-on design. These baby shoes are breathable, machine washable, non-slip, and BPA free. Great for indoor, outdoor and at the pool/beach. Breathable. Slip Resistant. 100% TPE Recyclable. These are so cute and comfortable!

Puttisu’s Sun Cushion Sunscreen 

Price: $30.00

Kids can have fun applying sunscreen with this sun cushion, and no more messing with mom’s makeup! Physical/Mineral sunscreen for a child’s delicate skin with SPF 50+. I love that this is so compact and cute! My little girl reviewer thought that it was very cool! She insists on taking it with her when she goes to the beach!

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.