• Matthias Ferrieres

Child Health Awareness Month

Your child's health is the foundation of all growth and development.


When we talk about a child’s growth, we often think first about height and weight.

These are two important parts of your child’s physical health. Of course, your child’s health includes more than physical growth.

Some other important parts of your child's health include their cognitive (learning and thinking) development, social and emotional growth, and mental health.


All aspects of health and development work together to form your child's overall well-being.

As a parent, you are the most important person to support and promote your child’s health and wellness, so it is important to find quality health care services and professionals, but you know your child best, and are his or her primary advocate.



Here is a list of children's health and wellness important point to be aware and monitor closely:

  • Brain development (learning and thinking) which is supporting your child’s brain development

  • Physical health wich is making sure that you have a medical home, ensuring that your child receives well-child physical exams, using healthy habits to prevent illness, and of course managing illness.

  • Nutrition wich is making informed decisions about breastfeeding and formula feeding, offering nutritious meals that meet your child’s needs and give him or her energy to learn

  • Social, emotional, and mental health, which is helping your child understand and learn to share his or her feelings, or helping your child learn to have positive relationships, Encouraging your child to explore and learn, learning strategies for parenting in tough times and coping with depression or other difficult feelings, and building resilience in yourself and your child

  • Oral health which is Encouraging oral and dental health so children are better able to eat, speak, and focus on learning,

  • Active living or providing age-appropriate amounts of physical activity in your child’s daily routines to support physical health and positive behaviors

  • And Safety and injury prevention. it is creating and maintaining safe environments, educating your child on ways to avoid injuries, and identifying and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.



Sources:

https://childcare.gov/consumer-education/your-childs-health

https://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/

https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/nch-feeding-nine-month-old.pdf



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