Preventative Wellness Services To Seek Out For Your Child
Your child's health is one of your highest priorities as a parent, and you want them to live a healthy and long life with as few health complications as possible. When you know which specific health-screening and prevention services are available in your healthcare community it makes it easier for you to take advantage of them. Here are some preventative wellness services you can seek out for your child in their early years to give them a better chance at living a healthy life.
Body Mass Index Measurements
Obesity in children is growing problem in the US today, and the number of children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is also increasing. Obesity and its related health problems is something that can be treated before your child's health is affected negatively. And with the right screening early on in your child's life you can be proactive in making the necessary changes in their diet.
Your pediatrician will measure and track your child's weight, height, and their BMI (Body Mass Index) and give you recommendations to make changes in their lifestyle, when necessary. If your child is underweight, you need to take steps to help them gain the appropriate amount of weight. And if they carry too much extra weight, you should take measures to help them lose excess weight.
As a parent, you can be a good example for your child and establish healthy eating at home and participate with them in regular exercise. For example, if you exercise daily, if can be helpful to perform your exercise somewhere your child will see you. This is a good opportunity to let them participate with you.
Along with preparing healthy meals each day, switch out chips, candy, and soda for fruit, vegetables, and other healthy snacks. Then, when your child wants a snack they have a variety of healthy options to choose from.
Immunizations are a very important part of your child's health and also the health of your community. There are many immunizations available which can help reduce childhood deaths from some serious diseases and illnesses, such as polio, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, and mumps.
When you have your child receive their regular immunizations through their childhood, it protects them from an outbreak or even a single case of an illness in your area. And if you have younger children who are not old enough to be vaccinated yet or family members who cannot be vaccinated due to healthy reasons, your child already having their vaccinations will help protect your younger child and other at-risk family members from getting an illness or disease.
Contact a medical professional, like Dr Sanaz Khorrami, M.D., for more help.