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How we look after our health can be largely put down not to risks that pop up occasionally, but the choices that we make every day. More often than not, it’s down to the habits we’ve had for a lifetime and the accumulative cost of those habits. So, when it comes to your child’s health, taking the right precautions as soon as possible gives them a better chance of maintaining healthier habits as they grow.
Nowadays, we’re seeing an increase of children with respiratory conditions and common household allergies. As many as 1-in-2 people develop an allergy in the US alone. There are many ways to delay or prevent allergies and asthma, however. Introducing a broader range of foods steadily, without delay, during an infant’s growth can reduce the risks, however. Allergens often find a home in the house as well. If you have a dog, for instance, you should be thorough in keeping the home and pet free of dander. Similarly, mold, dust, and VOCs present in aerosols and household cleaners should have their presence kept to a minimum. These same practices are going to help you protect an allergy-prone child if those conditions end up developing, as well.
Introducing the right food and keeping them on the right path goes well beyond fighting the risk of developing allergies, as well. Natural foods are almost always a better choice than processed foods that are often high in preservatives, many of which have been linked to forms of cancer and asthma. You can even start when they’re very young. Relying on breast milk all the time isn’t an option, so choices like Hipp organic baby formula can help you rest assured you’re not feeding them anything that could increase their risks of disease in the long-term. As they grow older, you should keep those habits up, trying to use whole foods more than processed and keeping snacking to a minimum by eating together as a family and structuring meal plans. The longer children go without too much exposure to junk food, the easier they will find it to resist it when they’re older.
Diet is hugely important in fighting obesity, cancer, bone strength and more. But you can’t ignore the importance of exercise as part of a healthy life. Getting your child into a more active lifestyle can begin as young as their toddler years. Limiting their technology time from a young age encourages children to play more actively, for instance. There are a lot of ways you can help them more active by taking part, too, such as holding their hands while they jump or giving them push and pull toys to engage with. As they grow, keep introducing new active hobbies you can participate in together. Exercise is very much a habit, and many people who have no problem keeping up with it are those who have grown up doing it their whole lives.
Early standards on how you feed your child, how you care for their environment, and how they stay active can help them grow lifelong habits. Those habits can keep them in good health for years to come. Don’t underestimate the powerful influence that the right start can have for your child.