Keeping well and healthy
Good physical and mental health is key to a happy, healthy and long life. Keeping well and healthy starts even before a baby is born, with regular midwifery contact and continues as a baby develops through their pre-school years. Your Health Visiting service provides development assessments at key points to ensure you have all the support your child needs in terms of their health and development.
There are many ways to keep your child happy and healthy both physically and mentally. A balanced, varied diet, lots of fun physical activity indoor and outdoor and creative play is all essential as your child grows and develops.
Good parent and carer mental health is just as important, so looking after your mental health and enjoying a loving and caring relationship with your child is a very important aspect of parenting. Your midwife and health visitor can support you and your family with any mental health issues you may be experiencing and help you to access specialist support if you need it.
Equally, your physical health is important so if you need help with things like stopping smoking or losing weight then speak to your GP.
Children who have good physical and mental health do better at school, are able to form healthy relationships with other children and others around them as they get older.
There are lots of ways to keep healthy and well as a family. Developing healthy habits in the early years can benefit your child long term. Spending time together, having outside play time and meal times together can all help. Reading books with your child and having a regular bedtime to ensure your child has a good night’s sleep is very beneficial. Keeping screen to time to a minimum in the early years is very important, and recently studies have shown that cutting down screen time can have a positive effect on your child’s physical and social health and help them to spend time in activities that will help them to grow, develop and learn.
To keep your child healthy and well, childhood immunisations are important to prevent your child becoming ill with certain infections, and learning about first aid and coping with minor ailments can also help you to deal with your child if they are not well. Having regular dental check-ups and cleaning your child’s teeth ensures that your child will have good dental health. You can talk to your health visitor about these services.
Having lots of interests, work and volunteering have all been shown to have a positive impact on parents and their children. Taking your child to social events and groups is beneficial, and letting them play and explore a mixture of environments will help their development.
For any support you need with your child’s health and development in the years before they start school then speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP Practice.
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Contact your GP, midwife or Health Visitor if wish to book an appointment or would like some further advice or support.