Your Child’s Health and Wellness Checklist
Children depend on their parents for everything. We know how much effort you as parents put in to provide them with love, food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical care. But despite everything you do, the demands of daily life sometimes make it challenging to cover all the bases when it comes to your children’s well-being.
So, to help you keep track of all the issues concerning your child’s well-being, our health experts have put together this helpful checklist.
Children are dealing with a lot these days, and it can lead to mental and emotional distress. But unlike physical symptoms, a child’s mental or emotional problems can be harder to identify. But you can learn to recognize some of the signs that your child needs help.
The most important thing in any relationship, including parent-child ones, is communication. Build solid and honest communication channels with your children from a young age. Let them know you they can talk to you about anything.
Signs your Child May Need Help
- Changes in school performance
- They are anxious and worry too much
- They experience long periods of sadness
- They have persistent nightmares
- Explosive behavior, including anger or aggression
- Frequent temper tantrums
- Intense fear of weight gain
- Refusing to go to school
- Changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Substance abuse
If you notice any of these signs, do some research and learn everything you can about the behavior or symptoms that worry you. Then, reach out to the school or community counselor, don’t be afraid to ask questions, remember the goal is to help your child get well.
Regular Doctor Visits
Schedule routine physicals, including a visit to the eye doctor and dentist for your children at the start of every school year.
Keep up with Your Child’s Vaccination Schedule
Here are some of the immunizations the CDC recommends for children depending on their age:
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenzae type b disease
- Pneumococcal disease
12 to 23 Months
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A (HepA)
- Hepatitis B (HepB)
11 to 12 years
- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
- HPV vaccine
- Flu vaccine every flu season
Speak to your pediatrician about which vaccines your child needs.
Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.
Teach Them Healthy Habits
Here are some healthy habits you can teach your children that will help them lead a healthy life:
- How to properly wash their hands
- Brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day
- Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Choosing healthy foods over junk food
- Exercising regularly
- Keep their rooms clean and neat
Teach Them Basic First Aid
As your children grow, it’s essential to teach them some basic first aid so they can tend to their minor wounds or assist others when needed.
Teach your children how to clean scrapes properly and use Band-Aids. Also, teach them whom to call for help in case of an emergency, make sure to keep a list of emergency numbers on the fridge. It’s also helpful to teach them how to call 911 and give directions to your home.
The pandemic has made parenting even more challenging. Now that schools have reopened, it’s essential to keep your eyes open to spot the first signs of the disease.
- Check Temperatures Daily – Allow your child to stay home if their temperature is 100.4 degrees or greater. If the fever doesn’t go down, call your doctor
- Check for COVID-19 Symptoms Daily: Do basic screenings for COVID-19 symptoms of everyone in your household every day
- Let Them Stay Home: Don’t send your child to school if they are unwell or show any COVID-19 symptoms, instead call your doctor and monitor their symptoms
- Inform the School: Inform the school immediately if you suspect your child has COVID-19 or if they’ve tested positive for the SARS-CoV2 virus. This way, school officials can notify other parents and isolate teachers and students to prevent further infections.
- Get Familiar with Community Testing Sites: Learn where to go to get tested if you suspect your child or other family members may have COVID-19
- Stay Informed: Ask your school for updates on any new COVID-19 policies and procedures
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