Safeguarding your child against illness doesn’t have to be difficult.
Being a proactive parent means keeping up with your child’s preventive checkups, even if everything seems fine. Of course, we also know that it can feel overwhelming knowing exactly what you should do all of the time, especially when it comes to your child’s health. The approach you take can play a major role in your child’s health throughout the years. From the office of our Milwaukee, WI, pediatricians Dr. Sandra Arce-Garzon and Dr. Sergio Casaclang, here are some ways parents can be more proactive about their child’s health,
Stay Up to Date on Vaccines
It’s important that parents are getting their children properly vaccinated. Vaccines are truly one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect kids and teens from serious and potentially dangerous communicable diseases such as polio. Vaccines can go a long way to keeping your kids safe and healthy, as well as the community at large. Our Milwaukee, WI, pediatricians are happy to address and answer any questions or concerns you might have about your child’s vaccine schedule.
Get Kids Moving
A simple way to keep kids healthy is to make sure they are getting regular physical activity; unfortunately, these days, kids are often spending more time on their phones and computers than playing outside. It’s important that you find outlets for your child to enjoy exercise, whether it’s joining the neighborhood baseball team or enrolling them in dance or gymnastics. Help your child find an aerobic outlet that works for them and excites them! It’s important that kids get at least 1 hour of physical activity a day.
Make Healthy Eating a Priority
Okay, we know a lot of parents have trouble with picky eaters. We also know that many pantries and kitchens are stocked full of chips, cookies and other junk food. It’s important that you are incorporating healthy meals and snacks into their day. With the high rates of obesity in children, it’s even more important that we focus on childhood nutrition and keeping kids healthy through a healthy, balanced diet. While fast food doesn’t have to be evil, it should be consumed infrequently.
Visit the Pediatrician Regularly
While newborns have to visit the pediatrician rather regularly during the first three years of life, kids over 3 years old still need to visit their pediatrician at least once a year to make sure that they are healthy. By coming in for checkups, we can monitor your child’s health, growth, and development, and pinpoint problems early on when they are much easier to treat.
Are you looking for a pediatrician in the Milwaukee, WI, area? Are you interested in scheduling a consultation with our team to see if we’re a good fit? If so, call Dr. Arce-Garzon and Dr. Casaclang of Best Care Family Health Center today at (414) 282-5810 and start taking a proactive approach to your child’s health!