Children’s Health

tips for looking after your child's health

Tips for looking after your child’s health

Growing up can be hard for children with learning difficulties.

Even for children with common difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, as their confidence is often knocked due to a lack of attention in school, often making it hard for them to cope in some social situations.

Taking care of your child’s physical health is just as important as taking care of their mental health.

It is important that you find the right healthcare professionals to help you with this challenge.

Healthcare Professionals

When a child’s confidence is lost as a result of their abilities, they may feel as though they have something wrong with them.

Finding a doctor and dentist that is reassuring and engaging with young people is important.

It will encourage them to feel more comfortable and confident outside of a learning environment and being in social situations.

Healthcare essentials for the home 

A household with young children should have the appropriate necessities in order to look after their health. These essentials include:

A first aid kit

A first aid kit is one of the most useful things to have in your home, whether you have children or not, although it is doubly important if you have young children at home.

Children are always active so it is important that you have all the necessary equipment in case they get injured. 

Something you should have along with a first aid kit is a hand sanitiser gel. Hand sanitisers are great for first aid kits as they kill any bacteria that you have on your hands from dealing with open wounds or infections.

Not only do hand sanitisers come in handy generally, but they have become of particular importance in the last few months in order to reduce the spread of viruses, such as the Coronavirus.

Hand sanitisers with a high alcohol content can kill them on the surface of the hand before they can enter the body and cause infection.  

Vitamins

Many parents struggle with feeding their children as they can be fussy eaters. Many children do not enjoy eating vegetables due to their acquired taste.

Because of this, it is important that you give your children vitamins, particularly vitamin C and B which they may lack if they do not eat enough fruit and veg.

There are many options for children’s vitamins, and they don’t always have to be distasteful pills, they can come in the form of gummy sweets, like these, in order to encourage children to take them.

Learning Support

Getting the right help in school is vital for any child with learning difficulties. For more on getting additional help in school, visit our page on finding the right school for your child.

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