- Get your kids vaccinated: Outbreaks of measles and other diseases still occur in our country and throughout the world.
- Protect that smile: Encouraging your child to brush twice a day with a dab of fluoride toothpaste will guard against cavities.
- Be vigilant about safety: Baby-proof your home thoroughly, and never leave a child under 5 in the tub alone. Make sure car seats are installed correctly, and ALWAYS “look before you lock.” Leaving children in vehicles has been on the rise lately.
- Listen to the doctor: If your pediatrician thinks your kid's fever is caused by a virus, don't push for antibiotics. The best medicine may be rest, lots of fluids, and a little TLC. Over-prescribing antibiotics can cause medical problems for your child and increase the chances of creating "superbugs" that resist treatment.
- Put your baby to bed drowsy but still awake: This helps your child learn to soothe themselves to sleep and prevents bedtime problems down the line.
- Know when to toilet train: Look for these two signs that your child is ready to use the potty: they sense the urge to pee and poop (this is different from knowing that they’ve already gone), and they ask for a diaper change.
CSP Spotlight: Health Advice Parents Should Consider
“Among the most sacred gifts you can give your child is the gift of health…”
--- Dr. Rand Olson
Every parent wants a healthy child. Below are some tips to take to insure the health of your child is grand.