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While many people spend January searching for New Year’s resolutions to stick to, you might be wiser opting for a bit of lifestyle checkup. As a responsible parent, you want the best for your kids in every shape and form. There’s no better place to start than with their health.
Running to the doctor when they have a rough cough or a persistent earache is one thing, but what about heeding the edict that prevention is better than cure. Take a look at these four essential health checks that the whole family should undergo so that you’re ready to start 2018 fit, healthy and happy.
Although the dentist may not be everyone’s favorite medical professional, the health of your teeth and in particular, your children’s teeth, is paramount. Sugary sweets, drinks, and candy can contribute to a range of dental issues including cavities, enamel reduction, and gum disease.
The best way to prevent these problems becoming painful and widespread is for a regular checkup with your local dentist. It may take a while to find an individual that your little darlings are comfortable with. That’s ok. You should locate a professional who has experience working with children and has a pleasant demeanor. By getting your cherubs opening their mouths wide at an early age, the dentist phobia won’t have a chance to embed.
It pays to visit an optometrist nearby to monitor the vision of your nearest and dearest. From an early age, eye exams are crucial to the health of our eyes. While it’s rare for there to be any serious issues, a qualified optometrist can pick up on any early signs of short-sightedness or astigmatism that may need correcting with glasses. If you have a family history of vision issues or you or your little ones are diabetic, it’s even more crucial that you keep up with your eye exams.
Ear infections are less common in adults than in children. Often pain from the inner ear isn’t caused by a bacteria but by a buildup of wax. Although it doesn’t sound the most pleasant examination in the world, taking your kids to an ear clinic could prevent them from getting a condition such as glue ear which can cause hearing loss for a short time. The nurse will be able to pick up on infections, prescribe antibiotics if needed and also clear wax by syringing if this is the appropriate course of action. If ear problems are persistent, the clinician will also discuss a further course of action with you.
Although weight shouldn’t be made an enormous focus for children growing up as we want them to have a healthy relationship with food, it’s important that you monitor their weight on the sly to ensure they are remaining within a healthy range. In the USA around 20% of children are obese. It’s vital that your child doesn’t become a statistic.
Getting a health overhaul at the beginning of the year can set you on the right course for 2018. Happy New Year!