Often, the prime motto of any parent, more often of a mother, is to ensure that the tummy of her child is full.
And, more often than not, the best foods get ignored due to the child’s preferences.
A lot of times a toddler refuses to eat what could be the healthiest and best available food for his age.
Also, due to lack of recommendations from the pediatricians and dieticians, mothers are often not aware of all best foods to select for her toddler.
As they say, “Seeing is believing.”
The healthy eating habits could go a long way in preventing diseases like diabetes, allergies, obesity and heart ailments later in your child’s life.
Inculcating healthy eating habits in toddlers may come across as the biggest challenge for parents.
But, to your great surprise a consistent effort to formulate good eating habits could give you a sure shot positive result in a matter of three months.
In this post, you will come across some of the best recommended health tips for your little one which could help him lead a healthy life.
10 best health tips for children
Early years play a critical role throughout the life of the child.
Researches off late have proven that good nutrition and healthy habits play an important part in defining the immunity and resistance of the child later in life.
10. High Protein Diet
Protein helps in building the most important enzymes and hormones in the body.
Protein also helps in developing the brain and building in the right immune system of the child that helps him throughout his life.
Soaked almonds (pureed/mashed etc) form one of the best food for any baby above six months.
Lean meat like chicken, fish etc.
9. Basil and Mint
Teaching toddlers to eat basil and mint daily can do wonders on their immune system.
Basil is usually found in most homes else could be planted with ease.
Eating basil boosts up the immune system very well.
It helps in fighting with teeth disorders, kidney stones, cold, cough, diabetes, anti cancer etc.
8. Less sugar intake
Sugary drinks like Bournvita, Horlicks etc. contain a lot of sugar.
Normally, parents have a tendency to feed anything and everything to a small toddler.
By doing this, your child will end up developing a sweet tooth forever which creates a lot of ailments later.
Be careful and avoid foods with a lot of sugar.
Reduce chocolate intake.
For example, diabetes, tooth decay, low calcium absorption resulting in poor bone formation is all the result of excess sugar intake.
7. Pasteurized milk
Milk when pasteurized contains all vitamins and proteins which are present in it.
Unpasteurized milk is unfit for a child as it may be contaminated and often boiling is not the safest technique to get rid of certain bacteria present in milk.
Pasteurized milk often contains all proteins and minerals needed by the child which otherwise gets lost if any other sterilization technique is used.
So make sure that whatever milk you buy is pasteurized.
Check for the symbol on the pack/bottle.
6. Plenty of water
Water helps in carrying out all vital functions of the body.
Circulation, digestion and excretion are the primary vital functions of the body which require good water intake.
Good habits have to be inculcated right from the beginning.
A good water intake energizes the body and keep it hydrated all through the day.
It also assists in carrying out the best functions resulting in better health and efficiency.
Lack of water can also invite problems like dehydration, constipation and kidney stones.
5. Frequent meals
Instead of feeding one big portion at a time one should focus on feeding smaller portions at regular intervals.
This makes it easier for your child’s body to digest the food.
Moreover, this helps maintain body weight.
This habit goes a long way in balancing the body mass index of your child and also helps him to stay fit.
4. No junk food
Not many people know that digesting junk food takes thrice the effort by every concerned organ of the body.
Junk food should be avoided right from the beginning.
It has a very subtle negative affect and in the longer run these poor eating habits may make your child a victim of numerous diseases like obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, poor immunity etc.
3. Exercise and Sleep Well
Keeping kids physically active and inculcating right exercising habits are two different things but are often clubbed as one.
Yes, of course your kid plays a lot and remains active, so there is no need of a separate exercise regime to be followed.
But, looking at the complex demanding lifestyle, even at a young age, kids are put under a lot of pressure of studies and they lose out on physical output.
Make sure that your child gets sufficient sleep every day.
A good night’s rest is extremely vital for healthy growth in your little one.
Inculcating the right habit right now would help your child accept it as a part of a normal routine life and it will then become a core habit later which will remain forever.
2. Eat together as a family
Make sure you eat what you want your child to eat.
Kids observe keenly and they learn by seeing things around.
A positive eating habit will eventually be a part of your child’s lifestyle as he will eventually pick up things which he sees are being done by you on a daily basis.
It is very important to teach your child to learn to think positively.
Yes, you read it right!
You need to make your child learn to think positively.
Positivity makes all the difference but not many know how to practice it.
Make only positive statements to your child and thereby help him to make positive choices.
These small tips will take your child a long way which you will realize later in life.
Small inputs bring in big results often.
This part of parenting should not be avoided at all.
The more you practice it the better results you reap as a parent.