Mothers Role In Combating Diseases Of Children
Suitable Clothing for Children
Early Detection Of Disease In The Child
Hands On Methods To Get Your Kids Active Today
With this section “Kids and Teens Health Issues” we will cover some of the “Health Issues” that at times complicate the lives of our young with hints, information and tips to help by either eliminating or reduce the effects that worry us and our youngsters.
Even though we mention “Mothers” quite a few times “Fathers” need to understand what is involved with the raising the young as well, so Mum tell your partner to have a look as well.
We will start with the following item to start you on the way with this page >>
Mothers Role In Combating
Diseases Of Children
The special province of the mother is the prevention of disease, not its cure. When disease attacks the child, the mother has then a part to perform, which it is especially important during the epochs of infancy and childhood should be done well. I refer to those duties which constitute the maternal part of the management of disease.
Medical treatment, for its successful issue, is greatly dependent upon a careful, pains-taking, and judicious maternal superintendence. No medical treatment can avail at any time, if directions be only partially carried out, or be negligently attended to; and will most assuredly fail altogether, if counteracted by the erroneous prejudices of ignorant attendants.
But to the affections of infancy and childhood, this remark applies with great force; since, at this period, disease is generally so sudden in its assaults, and rapid in its progress, that unless the measures prescribed are rigidly and promptly administered, their exhibition is soon rendered altogether fruitless.
The amount of suffering, too, may be greatly lessened by the thoughtful and discerning attentions of the mother. The wants and necessities of the young child must be anticipated; the fretfulness produced by disease, soothed by kind and affectionate persuasion; and the possibility of the sick and sensitive child being exposed to harsh and ungentle conduct, carefully provided against.
Again, not only is a firm and strict compliance with medical directions in the administration of remedies, of regimen, and general measures, necessary, but an unbiased, faithful, and full report of symptoms to the physician, when he visits his little patient, is of the first importance.
An ignorant servant or nurse, unless great caution be exercised by the medical attendant, may, by an unintentional but erroneous report of symptoms, produce a very wrong impression upon his mind, as to the actual state of the disease.
His judgment may, as a consequence, be biased in a wrong direction, and the result prove seriously injurious to the wellbeing of the patient.
The medical man cannot sit hour after hour watching symptoms; hence the great importance of their being faithfully reported.
This can alone be done by the mother, or some person equally competent.
The main thought here is to accurately record or remember and pass on whatever details of the child’s illness that you have noticed to your medical adviser, so they can go straight towards whatever the required process that is needed instead of having to go through the “Hit or Miss” processes to work out the problem.
Saves time and suffering for either the youngster or even yourself.
SUITABLE CLOTHING FOR CHILDREN
Infants are very susceptible of the impressions of cold; a proper regard, therefore, to a suitable clothing of the body, is imperative to their enjoyment of health. Unfortunately, an opinion is prevalent in society, that the tender child has naturally a great power of generating heat and resisting cold; and from this popular error has arisen the most fatal results.
This opinion has been much strengthened by the insidious manner in which cold operates on the frame, the injurious effects not being always manifest during or immediately after its application, so that but too frequently the fatal result is traced to a wrong source, or the infant sinks under the action of an unknown cause.
The power of generating heat in warm-blooded animals is at its minimum at birth, and increases successively to adult age; young animals, instead of being warmer than adults, are generally a degree or two colder, and part with their heat more readily; facts which are generally misunderstood to the child’s regret.
They show how absurd must be the folly of that system of "hardening" the constitution which induces the parent to plunge the tender and delicate child into the cold bath at all seasons of the year, and freely expose it to the cold, cutting currents of wind, with the lightest clothing.
The principles which ought to guide a parent in clothing her infant are as follows:
The material and quantity of the clothes should be such as to preserve a sufficient proportion of warmth to the body, regulated therefore by the season of the year, and the delicacy or strength of the infant's constitution.
In effecting this, however, the parent must guard against the too common practice of enveloping the child in innumerable folds of warm clothing, and keeping it constantly confined to very hot and closed rooms; thus running into the opposite extreme to that to which I have just alluded: for nothing tends so much to enfeeble the constitution, to induce disease, and render the skin highly susceptible to the impression of cold; and thus to produce those very ailments which it is the chief intention to guard against.
With their clothing they should be so arranged as to put no restrictions to the free movements of all parts of the child's body; and so loose and easy as to permit the insensible perspiration to have a free exit, instead of being confined to and absorbed by the clothes, and held in contact with the skin, till it gives rise to irritation.
In their quality they should not to irritate the delicate skin of the child. In infancy, therefore, flannel is rather too rough, but is desirable as the child grows older, as it gives a gentle stimulus to the skin, and maintains health.
In its construction the dress should be so simple as to admit of being quickly put on, since dressing is irksome to the infant, causing it to cry, and exciting as much mental irritation as it is capable of feeling. Pins should be wholly dispensed with, their use being hazardous through the carelessness of nurses, and even through the ordinary movements of the infant itself.
The clothing must be changed daily. It is eminently conducive to good health that a complete change of dress should be made every day. If this is not done, washing will, in a great measure, fail in its object, especially in insuring freedom from skin diseases.
The clothing of the child should possess the same properties as that of infancy. It should afford due warmth, be of such materials as do not irritate the skin, and so made as to occasion no unnatural constriction.
In reference to due warmth, it may be well again to repeat, that too little clothing is frequently productive of the most sudden attacks of active disease; and that children who are thus exposed with thin clothing in a climate so variable as ours are the frequent subjects of croup, and other dangerous affections of the air- passages and lungs. On the other hand, it must not be forgotten, that too warm clothing is a source of disease, sometimes even of the same diseases which originate in exposure to cold, and often renders the frame more susceptible of the impressions of cold, especially of cold air taken into the lungs.
Regulate the clothing, then, according to the season; resume the winter dress early; lay it aside late; for it is in spring and autumn that the changes in our climate are greatest, and congestive and inflammatory complaints become more common.
With regard to material (as was before observed), the skin will at this age bear flannel next to it; and it is now not only proper, but necessary. It may be put off with advantage during the night, and cotton maybe substituted during the summer, the flannel being resumed early in the autumn.
If from very great delicacy of constitution it proves too irritating to the skin, fine fleecy hosiery will in general be easily endured, and will greatly conduce to the preservation of health.
It is highly important that the clothes of the boy should be so made that no restraints shall be put on the movements of the body or limbs, nor injurious pressure made on his waist or chest. All his muscles ought to have full liberty to act, as their free exercise promotes both their growth and activity, and thus insures the regularity and efficiency of the several functions to which these muscles are subservient.
The same remarks apply with equal force to the dress of the girl; and happily, during childhood, at least, no distinction is made in this matter between the sexes. Not so, however, when the girl is about to emerge from this period of life; a system of dress is then adopted which has the most beneficial effects upon her health, and the development of the body.
The employment of tight stays, especially around the waist and the lungs will impede the free and full action of the respiratory organs, being only one of the many restrictions and injurious practices from which in later years they are thus doomed to suffer so severely.
So keep a good eye on the weather and dress your young appropriately but don’t smother them, loose and comfortable fitting for their benefit.
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Early Detection Of Disease In The Child
It is highly important that a parent should possess such information that will enable them to detect disease at its first appearance, and thus insure for the child’s timely medical assistance.
With this information a parent will gain an understanding the problems that the child might be suffering from and to help towards eliminating the cause and to get a better understanding of the suggestions from their medical adviser.
A child that suffers should never feel that they are alone!
But when the parents shows compassion, love and care the child is on the way to regaining their health.
Hands On Methods
To Get Your Kids Active Today
With electronics quickly becoming a child’s activity of choice, it can be difficult to encourage your kid(s) to get up and go outside for the afternoon, but, you need to push them. There are many ways to get your children active and living a healthy lifestyle without feeling like the evil queen or king!
According To The National Association
For Sports And Physical Education:
- School aged kids should avoid more than two hours of inactivity.
- They should engage in extracurricular physical activity for a total of 1 hour each day
- and that should be broken up into some form of physical activity
- for 15 minutes or more several times throughout the day.
Regular physical activity is detrimental in a time where child obesity rates are at epidemic levels and many kids are overweight. In fact, the percentage of obese kids age 6–11 years old is 18%, and adolescents aged 12–19 years is nearly 21%. Kids are getting Type 2 diabetes at staggering rates and some are dying before the age of 18 due to obesity related conditions. A lot of this problem is attributed to the lack of regular movement, and way too much junk food in our kid’s diets.
Now, this does not mean that your child needs to be involved in 5 different sports every single day. They just need to be active more than they are sitting down to watch TV, play video games or chat with friends online.
Sound fitness practices always begin at home,
and when parents take the time to implement sound strategies,
like, those listed below they ensure
a much healthier present and future for their kids.
At Home Fitness
If your child is not interested in sports or group activities, there are a few at home physical activities you can engage your child in. Also, keep in mind that kids model their parent’s behaviour and really they just want to spend time with you.
The best way to get kids active is by making it a family affair, where everyone is involved, and where it is not portrayed as a chore, but, as something that is fun to do.
- After dinner walks. Encourage your kids to take a walk with you around the block after dinner each night. Bring the dog for some added excitement or make it a parent daughter/son walk where everyone walks together and spends some quality time.
- Nature hunts. Another fun way to encourage fitness is to create nature hunts where you will go out to look for specific things in nature. A list can be made each week of things that need to be found and cool prizes that are awarded the winners. Depending on the age of the kids, this can also be a great way to encourage child development, for example, for younger kids the list might include black rocks or purple leaves, and the search can yield both positive fitness and cognitive results.
- Household chores. Provide your children with a list of chores that they need to do every day. Simple tasks such as vacuuming, picking up the family room, picking up all their toys, etc. are perfect for those short 15-minute bursts of activity.
- Play with your kids. Make time every day to play games with your kids. Depending on their age, the activities may vary, but, for young children playing hide and seek or tag in the yard is a good choice. For older children playing tennis or baseball are both good options.
- Allow your kids time to socialize. Give your kids time every day to go out and play with their friends. Socializing is important for proper development and is guaranteed to get your kids moving and active.
- Set a good example! Children are followers, you need to lead by example. If daddy runs every day, chances are your son/daughter will want to run too. Go for a bike ride every afternoon and make sure your kids see how enthusiastic you are. It will get them involved and excited to be doing something just like you.
Extracurricular activities are a great way to get your kids the recommended level of physical activity and without much effort from you. Consider enrolling them in an after-school club or sport, such as, the ones listed below.
- Karate. Karate is a great option because it’s a full body workout, lasts at least an hour, improves their self-esteem and hosts competitions.
- Gymnastics. Gymnastics is another sport that works the entire body and helps improve a child’s level of confidence.
- Swimming. Swimming, regardless of whether or not it is on a team, is one of the top-rated workouts for children. The sport is easy on the joints, but, still works the entire body. Swim teams also have weekly competitions that are great for confidence building and social growth.
- Baseball or Cricket. Baseball and Cricket combines cardiovascular exercise with strength training and is a highly social sport. Your child will learn social skills, such as, being a team player and they will be excited to step up to the plate knowing their teammates are cheering them on.
- Dance. Dancing is a sport that works the entire body and helps with memory, social skills and overall physical health.
Getting your children to live a healthier lifestyle and become more active is not all that hard to do. It just takes a leader, an encourager, and a listener.
Typically, kids will not ever do what is good for them, you as the parent must keep them on the right track and set rules that will facilitate their health and wellness.
You need to make sure your children see you being active, encourage them to get involved in a sport or go out with their friends, and listen to what they’re telling you about their body and what they are interested in.
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Lawrence S Mills