The bodies of children are some of the most active, not only in terms of the play which young children are capable of, but also in terms of the growth and development that young children's bodies are going through. Carefully assessing your child's health is crucial to ensure that growth and development is progressing at a normal rate. Here are some of ways to do this.
- Check for learning disabilities. Mental health is included in the child's over-all health. Make sure that the child is not suffering from any learning disabilities, which can manifest itself early on in the child's developing years. There are symptoms that you should be aware of, such as attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity. These can be caused by hormonal imbalances in the child, and when caught early, can be treated with proper diet and exercises which will help the child release the excess energy in him. Children who cannot cope with school may also have other learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
- Look for a healthy body mass index. Your child should also exhibit a healthy body mass index. Small children have a different BMI scale than adults, especially since young children need to have more mass which will stretch out and be used up when the growth spurt years begins. Ask for a regular consult with your pediatrician, at least once a year. You can also learn how to gauge the body mass index by using BMI charts for children, and taking the height and weight measurements of your child. With a healthy diet consisting of meats, fruits, and vegetables, your child can arrive at a normal BMI.
- Growing pains. Young children also experience growing pains, especially when they have sudden growth spurts. Growing pains are actual pains as the body changes and increases in size. This will result in soreness in the body, such as in the limbs or the back. You should consider children's complaints of pains, and treat these with soothing massages or compresses. If the pain persists, it may be caused by an underlying symptom. If this is the case, you should seek help from a pediatrician immediately.
- Medical issues. Finally, you should be on the lookout for general signs of health problems in your child. It is normal for healthy children to experience aches, pains, and even runny noses and coughing. But ,you should monitor these carefully and learn to distinguish which types of medical issues are caused by normal interaction with other children which can have regular bugs that cause runny noses and coughs, or if the symptoms may be part of another medical condition.
While there are plenty of ways for you to assess your child's health, keep in mind that a regular visit to the doctor is still one of the best ways of ensuring that your child is safe and healthy. As much as possible, schedule at least two visits to the doctor and the dentist for your child. With these steps in mind, safeguarding and ensuring the health of your child is easy.