MEALTIMES MEAL TIMES ARE THE IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE CONSISTENT AND TO HAVE ROUGHLY THE SAME TIME EVERYDAY.
SPACING THE MEALS THESE TIMINGS SHOULD BE SPACED FOR ENOUGH SO THAT KIDS FEEL HUNGRYBUT NOT SO FARTHAT THEY STARTSHOWING IRRITATION, FRUSTRATION&LOW SUGER LEVELS. BREAKFAST………GOOD AMOUNT SNACKS WITH SOME DRINK LUNCH SNACKS WITH MILK DINNER
MEAL TIME…A BATTLE TIME IN MANY FAMILIES IT IS ABATTLE TO GET KIDS TO BEHAVE TO SIT ON THE TABLE FOR MEAL. WHEN YOU ARE DEALING WITH THIS TYPE OF ISSUES MEAL TIME IS NOT RELAXING,IT IS A WAR ZONE.
WHY GOOD DIET FOR YOUR CHILD All the nutrients they need in the appropriate amounts for their age, gender and activity level. In addition, the food patterns that you establish for your children while they are young, will have a significant effect on their health throughout their lives.
Planning by food group These include Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Dairy and Protein.(taking three food together at a time) Boys generally needs 15% more calories than girls. Facts should also be included in the food about 30% of a childs total calories for good growth Children need fiber according to their age ….. 5gm+age of the child per day.
School-age children are particularly vulnerable to problems associated with skipping breakfast, since it will affect their ability to concentrate and absorb new concepts as well as make them more susceptible to any illness among their classmates. There are definite signs that you can look for to indicate that your child is well nourished. IMPORTANCE OF BREAKFAST
HOW TO EAT TOGETHER AS A FAMILY THIS IS THE TIME WHEN MOST OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS SHOULD SIT TOGETHER,COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER SHARE DAILY ROUTINE AND NO T.V. GIVE EACH CHILD HIS OWN TASK.IT MAY BE FETCHING THE PLATES.DISHES OR SPOONS OR LAY THE TABLE CONSIDERING THE AGE OF THE CHILD.
PLEASE NOTICE THE FOLLOWING IN YOUR CHILD Is the child growing taller and putting on weight proportionate with his height? Is the childs hair shiny and firmly attached to his/her scalp? Are the childs teeth white and firmly attached to his/her gums?
A HEALTHY CHILD Does the child have bright eyes that properly adjust to changes in light? Is the childs skin firm and smooth with a healthy color, free of dryness or scaliness? Is the child physically and mentally active laughing, talking and playing happily
Does the child have good muscle tone and posture? Is the childs tongue red and bumpy? Does the child digest food well, have a regular heart beat and good reflexes? Does the child seem cooperative, cheerful and engaged, at least much of the time? HEALTHY CHILD
If you answered yes to these questions, your child is most likely eating a healthy diet. However, if you answered no to one or more of them, you may want to examine your childs eating habits or consult a professional to determine if there is a nutrient deficiency. TIPS FOR PARENTS
Take your child for a physical check-up with a pediatrician to rule out any problems. Limit or eliminate, soda and sugary fruit drinks, from your children's diet, and encourage them to drink water instead. Model healthy eating habits, by choosing healthy foods yourself. When you need a help from an expert
GOOD SLEEPING HABITS IN CHILDREN Sleep is a vital need, essential to a childs health and growth. Sleep promotes alertness, memory and performance. Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems and moodiness.
WHY GOOD SLEEPING HABITS? It is important for parents to start early and help their children develop good sleep habits. How much sleep should my child get?(From 8-10 Hrs). Each child is different and has different sleep needs. Children need and thrive on routine Nap and sleep are both needed up to7-8 years age.
GOOD ROUTINE The #1 tip for good sleeping habits in children is to follow a nightly routine. A bedtime ritual makes it easier for your child to relax, fall asleep and sleep through the night. Typical Bedtime Routine – Have a light snack – Take a bath. – Put on pajamas. – Brush teeth. – Read a story. – Make sure the room is quiet and at a comfortable temperature. – Put your child to bed. – Say goodnight and leave.
Make bedtime the same time every night. Make bedtime a positive and relaxing experience without TV or videos. According to one recent study, TV viewing prior to bed can lead to difficulty falling and staying asleep. Save your childs favorite relaxing, non- stimulating activities until last and have them occur in the childs bedroom. Keep the bedtime environment (e.g. light, temperature) the same all night long. GOOD ROUTINE
Encourage Children To Fall Asleep On Their Own Have your child form positive associations with sleeping. A child should not need a parent to help him/her fall asleep. One recent study demonstrated that having your child sleep in your bed puts them at risk for suffocation or strangulation. The child who falls asleep on his or her own will be better able to return to sleep during normal night time awakenings and sleep throughout the night
Discourage Night time Awakenings When you go to your childs room every time he or she wakes during the night, you are strengthening the connection between you and sleep for your child. Even babies who are held and cuddled when they wake in the middle of the night soon learn to expect this and do not learn to go back to sleep on their own.. Except during conditions when the child is sick, has been injured or clearly requires your assistance, it is important to give your child a consistent message that they are expected to fall asleep on their own
Which Sleep Problems/Disorders Should BE TAKEN CARE Nightmares often occur at times of transition, stress or change in a childs routine. They usually occur later in the night and are remembered the next day. Fortunately, nightmares tend to go away naturally. Encouraging your child to talk about the nightmare, discussing comforting images before bedtime and avoiding television immediately before bedtime are strategies that assist in alleviating nightmares
Studies show that 37% of children, kindergarten through fourth grade, suffer from at least one sleep-related problem. If your child experiences any of these sleep problems or is very sleepy during the day, be sure to consult with your childs physician. Sleep walks Which Sleep Problems/Disorders Should be taken care
Narcolepsy is often first noticed in puberty, but may occur as early as ten years of age. Children with narcolepsy experience excessive daytime sleepiness and uncontrollable sleep attacks, even when they get enough sleep. Children with narcolepsy should be diagnosed by a doctor. Narcolepsy
Sleep Apnea is a serious disorder in which there are pauses in breathing during sleep. Children with sleep apnea may snore loudly, experience restless sleep and be sleepy during the day. Sleep Apnea
Enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, weight problems and other medical problems may contribute to sleep apnea. Enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, weight problems and other medical problems may contribute to sleep apnea. There are many ways to treat apnea, so it is important to see your doctor or visit a sleep center for a diagnosis and treatment. There are many ways to treat apnea, so it is important to see your doctor or visit a sleep center for a diagnosis and treatment.