When Should You Start Taking Your Children For Check-Ups?:
We normally don’t consider our children to be in any sort of health danger. They go through the usual bumps, scrapes, and accidents but they grow up healthy and strong. But, the more we allow our children to go without receiving general checkups, the more their chances of developing health concerns in the future arises. This is something that flies under the radar on many parents’ minds. They may look fine right now, but you don’t want any kind of condition to develop in their teens or early 20s. So what should you do regarding taking them for checkups?
Parents fear two or three things happening to their children. Blindness, deafness, and or pain sensitivity. If your child doesn’t seem to respond to your calls all the time, this could be due to many things.
It may be an attention deficit whereby their mind is preoccupied with something else and doesn’t pay attention to their senses i.e. hearing. It could also be because they have hearing issues, whereby they cannot hear certain frequencies, and thus, your voice and tone may not be relayed to their brain so easily. It might also be because of something inside their ear, such as an infection or a foreign body.
If you suspect your child has hearing concerns, then you should take him or her to an audiologist. The healthcare professionals will do a hearing test and give you the results. Whatever the concerns might be, they will run you through a list of options. It could be that it’s only temporary, due to an infection or inflamed cartilage because of something else, such as an allergic reaction to material or food. On the other hand, if your child needs a hearing aid, they will give you a full list of options.
Some children only develop sight concerns when they are in their teens. If you or your family have a history of wearing glasses, chances are that your children will also need glasses. Everything depends on the environment they’re in the lifestyle they lead, and their genetics.
However, if your child is having trouble reading their bedtime storybooks, it could be time to take your child to an optician. Pediatric opticians will give your children a sight test much like the type that adults receive. However, they will also test for color identification, shapes, sizes, lines, and other things that are relevant to developing eyes. It’s important that you stay with them, allow them to take the tests with as little stress as possible.
If your children do need glasses, the pediatric doctor will run you through the options. If your children have busy lifestyles then you can have glasses for different situations. Reading glasses, every day glasses and sports glasses are all among the options list.
Teeth and gums
Children who don’t get the right kind of dentistry when they are young, can develop problems with their teeth, gums, and even how they speak. If you have crooked teeth, it’s different to chew, talk, and even breathe. This is what you can do for your child’s health regarding their mouth.
- Take them to a dentist for kids clinic whereby they can receive braces, tooth fillings, crowns, bridges, sealants, and other services to straighten, strengthen, brighten their teeth, and help their gums.
- Speak to your dentist about their eating habits and brushing habits. You can receive information about healthy eating and what kinds of foods will chip away at their enamel protection.
- If your child has sensitive gums, your dentist can give you the best kind of toothbrush for them. Some bristles are too aggressive and the materials are too hard, which causes gums to swell up, inflame and make it harder to chew.
- Flossing is so important! Teach your children how to floss so they can get those little bits of food out from between their teeth. Food that is allowed to stay between the teeth will cause acidic stains on the teeth.
You and your children should brush your teeth together at the same time every night. If your children go to bed at 9 pm, then you should be brushing your teeth in the bathroom with them, at 8:45 pm. Make sure that you stick to this routine, every day so they get into the right habit.
Joints and muscles
Some children develop later than other children, in terms of muscle dexterity and joint strength. If your child has bruises and aches more than other children, this could be down to their diet. Make sure that your children are getting a lot of protein in their diet. This will make their muscles strong and able to work harder for longer. Make sure that they’re also getting enough nutrients and minerals, which can be consumed from vegetables, fruits, and or vitamin tablets. Fish oil is very good for their brain, but also their joints. Omega-3 food is therefore very important in their upbringing. Salmon, haddock, and herring, are all good fish for helping children with their joint pains and strength.
You can help your children become stronger by doing bodyweight exercises with them. Doing pushups, situps, running, squats, and swimming with them, will help them become stronger and more confident.
If your child seems to have trouble playing with toys and or general inability with his or her balance, this could be because they have cognitive issues. This could result in children being less able to play, walk, and or run as they grow older. What should parents do?
They can take them to a behavioral scientist and or therapy service, whereby a child will be studied and have certain tests performed on them. This could be anything from playing with toys, arranging colored bricks, drawing and sketching, as well as placing small objects into tight potions and spaces. This is to check their cognitive capabilities, hand-eye coordination, and the ability to problem-solve.
You can also be given some exercises to do with your child at home. This can be things like creating objects from bricks, such as bridges, houses, and playgrounds. Your child will be given tests to do at home, regarding memory and identifying things like animals, shapes, and patterns in a book. You can help them, but don’t tell them the answers and try to use the techniques you’re told from the doctor, to aid their cognitive abilities.
Social cooperation and group dynamics
Some children will have difficulty making friends and playing with other kids. This can be spotted by parents if they see their child is hanging out by themselves, not really engaging with the other kids at school or in the park when you visit the playground of the muscle gym. There are some things to keep in mind if you consider your child to be displaying some anti-social tendencies.
1 – It’s nothing to be scared of. Many children are free spirits, they are fine by themselves and even have more fun when they’re alone. It’s okay to want your children to play with the other kids, but you shouldn’t feel as if something is inherently wrong with them either. Kids will sense your judgment and they will feel as if you are unhappy with them. This can lead to feeling like they did something wrong and depression.
2 – Don’t be ashamed. If the other parents say to you something like ‘hey, your kid doesn’t like to play along, why is that?’. Don’t ever feel like you need to make excuses. Don’t beat around the bush, just say it like it is and be proud of your kid. Tell them that your child feels happy the way they are and nothing is being forced upon them. If that’s how they want to play, then you just let them be free and enjoy themselves.
3 – Are the other kids not allowing them to play? Sometimes, children can feel unwanted and this can be because of a multitude of reasons. Namely, they could feel like they are entering an already tight-group of friends and they’re the outsider. This is just the initial feeling and if the other kids have been brought upright, they will invite your child to play regardless of whether they are known to them or not.
4 – Does your child cause problems? Some kids are prone to making trouble. They may want to dominate the playing and push out the other kids and try to take power. Social dynamics among kids DO exist. Watch carefully and make sure your child isn’t the one causing rifts.
If you do think your child is having socializing issues, then take them to a behavioral therapist. They have one-to-one sessions as well as group sessions with other kids. If there is an issue, they will get to the bottom of it with you.
As children grow up they are both fragile and amazing at the same time. They’re taking on board so much information on how the world works and about themselves. Make sure that you’re like a hawk and watching over your child without being too much in their way.