Concern for your child's health and well-being is a normal part of being a parent. The good news is that young children are tougher than we might think. However, it is always good to do everything you can to protect your child from avoidable illness and injury.
Keep these tips in mind:
Take care of yourself – If you model good self-care, healthy eating and a positive lifestyle your child will be off to a good start. If you have any concerns about your own health or safety in your relationship, look here for
Mistakes happen – Be patient with yourself and your partner. Parenting is hard and nobody is perfect.
Take your child to get immunized according to the
immunization schedule appropriate for their age.
Make hand-washing part of your child's regular routine.
Keep your child home and away from other people if they have a fever, are vomiting, or have a cold with a very running nose and persistent cough.
Seek medical attention if your child has a high fever or you are worried about any other symptoms they are showing.
It's normal to worry about your child and to try to keep them as safe as possible. The good news is that babies and young children are a lot tougher than we might think. But there are always steps that you can take to protect your child from avoidable illness and injury.
Forgive yourself and your partner for mistakes – nobody is perfect.
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Some ways to encourage healthy growth and development in your child include:
Allergies – Creating a regular routine around bedtime and sleep to ensure your child gets the right amount every night.
Immunizations – Modeling good habits to encourage lifelong brushing and flossing.
Vision – Helping your child reach their full potential with healthy habits.