Older Than Their Years: Three Health Issues Adults Never Expect In Kids

New parents often rush out and buy family health bibles. Then, a lot of parents read them cover to cover, so they’re prepared to recognize health problems in their kids. But, many of them fail to realize that there are issues their children may face during their development which would never cross our minds.

For the most part, we relate such conditions to teens or adults. As such, we don’t even consider looking out for them in our youngsters. And, of course, you can’t become a wealth of knowledge about every condition under the sun. That’s why I’ve put together a list of three health issues you would never consider your kids could suffer from. Best to be prepared, after all!

Hip Problems

Let’s be honest; most of us relate hip problems to elderly grandparents with tired bones. While this is often the case, the elderly aren’t the only ones who might develop such issues. Though rare, children are susceptible to hip problems, too. Children’s bones are malleable as they grow. So, an injury could lead to their hips growing wrong. Or, it may be that an underlying condition causes problems. Just remember, if your child often complains of hip pain, it’s a sure sign that something’s wrong. Little bones don’t ache for
the fun of it!

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What to Really Teach Your Children

It’s easy to allow for the only education your child receives to be at school. It’s easy to see your child’s education as only comprising of what they study. It’s easy to send your child off to school every morning and have their education stop when they return home of an evening. It’s easy to do these things, so don’t worry if you do it. However, as a parent you owe it to your child to teach them more. You owe it to them to teach them about life.

Parents, kids, and values

Teaching children more than just Science or Maths. Wikimedia Commons image.

Values

Teaching your children about values is just as important as teaching them Maths, English and Science. Without the right values in place during the very tender time of transitioning from childhood to adulthood, your child could be in danger of taking very dangerous paths. So, start teaching them about values as best you can, as early as you can.

One way to teach them about the value of hard work is to get them involved with a task that requires them to get a bit dirty. One such task is weeding: by having your child help you weed the garden they will soon understand that to get the job the done, first they will have to encounter a whole lot of mud. By doing so, you will also be doing all you can to garner an appreciation of the great outdoors within them.

Skills for the workplace

As monotonous as it may sound, it never hurts to distill skills within your child that will help them thrive in the workplace. No, this doesn’t mean choosing out a specific career path for them by tailoring what specific skills and knowledge they receive. It means providing them with general skills that could help them succeed no matter what line of work they get themselves into.

This could mean distilling within them the skills such as how to make a good impression. How to maintain a courteous attitude. How to read body language. How to both ask and listen to questions, and how to find the perfect balance between the two. How to establish a rapport with both similar and different kinds of people. And other skills that would be found on a typical bout of customer service training.

When your child is aware that the way they act around others is just as much of a determining factor in their success in adulthood as their schoolwork is. And when your child is able to easily showcase the skills mentioned above. He or she will enter adulthood with all the tools needed for success.

Keep Them Motivated

Inspiring your children to follow their dreams and be themselves is absolutely what you should be doing as a parent. Keeping them motivated enough to chase whatever dream it is that they have is pivotal. Helping them maintain a degree of childishness and that childish spark is what you should be doing. However, you shouldn’t let these be the only driving factors of your parenting. You must mix them with elements of realism too.

As a parent, you owe it to your children to prepare them as best you can for childhood. Yes, push and then stand by them as they chase their own life in adulthood. But make sure you make them fully aware of what is coming, as well as how to deal with it.

Your Premature Baby and You: Reaching Peace of Mind

Caring for a premature baby

This mom and premature baby have a lot of love to share. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Giving birth to a premature baby can be a very scary time. It is often touch and go in the hospital, and you and your newborn will have to stay in for a considerable length of time to ensure that you are both healthy once you leave.

Many mothers worry about taking their premature baby home as they won’t have all of the help from the hospital’s team of doctors and nurses anymore. Plus, once you leave the hospital, you will be leaving a lot of treatment equipment behind.

But that doesn’t mean that you and your newborn won’t be able to flourish once you get home. You just need to follow these useful tips to ensure your baby gets a very healthy start to life at home.

Don’t Panic

First of all, it is very important that you do not panic about taking your premature baby home. After all, it must be healthy enough to leave the hospital. Otherwise, the doctors just wouldn’t let you home! Everything will be fine at home and, in the event that something does go wrong, you will be given emergency contact details so that you can get the help you need as soon as possible.

Watch What Your Baby Eats

When you first get your baby home, you will probably be breastfeeding. This might go on for longer than normal to ensure your tiny baby gets plenty of nutrients to help it build up its health.

Once you move onto solid foods, you need to be extra careful about what you feed it as it could still be at risk of infections and other health conditions. Happy Tot Organic Superfoods will provide your young one with lots of important vitamins and minerals and other nutrients that are necessary for a healthy diet. They come in a range of flavors, so you are sure to find one that your baby will enjoy!

Parent Protects this tiny baby

Make sure your premature baby is getting the proper nutrients. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Get a Car Seat

It is now illegal to put your baby or toddler in a car without a correctly fitted car seat. As your premature baby will probably be a lot smaller than other newborns, you might need to get one that is specially made for smaller babies. If you can’t find one that fits your baby in shops, you should speak to your child’s doctor to see if they can recommend you a brand.

Protect Your Baby from Infections

Premature babies are especially susceptible to infections, especially in winter when it is very cold. To ensure your child is as protected as possible, you should keep them away from anyone who is suffering from a cold or the flu. It’s also a good idea to take them out for a walk every day so that they can get plenty of fresh air. Just make sure that they have a soft blanket so they stay warm.

Looking after a premature baby doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, you will find that it fills your life with as much joy as welcoming a healthy baby into your home!