Posted by Marianne Frederick
With the end of the year drawing near and winter weather on the way, here are a few resource websites to review to help keep your child healthy:
- Vaccines – Talk with a staff member of your child’s school to learn what vaccinations your child requires. Talk with your primary health care provider to learn what vaccines your child should have and when. To learn your state’s immunization (vaccination) requirements, contact your state’s department of health. For more information, you can check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for parents, “Vaccines for Your Children” atwww.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html.
- Nutrition – Encourage children to eat fruits and vegetables. Check out Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits’ “Tips for Making healthy Foods More Fun For Children” at www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/TenTips/DGTipsheet11KidFriendlyVeggiesAndFruits.pdf.
- Healthy Development – Learn about conditions that affect children’s development on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, especially www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/index.html and learn what kids should be doing between two months and five years at www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html.
- Oral Health – Read what you can do to help prevent your children’s teeth from decaying at www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/topics/child.htm.
- Move Outside and Play – Children need 60 minutes of play each day that includes moderate to vigorous activity. Check out “Let’s Move” for ideas on encouraging your family to get active: www.letsmove.gov/active-families.