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Bad Habits Harmful To Children’s Health

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You should follow the advice below to help your children to get rid of bad habits.

The fondness in sweets

There’re sweets, sugary drinks like cakes, candies, cokes… Children really like sweets, but having those foods in long term can cause negative effects on their health and developments.

Description: Children really like sweets, but having those foods in long term can cause negative effects on their health and developments.

Children really like sweets, but having those foods in long term can cause negative effects on their health and developments.

According to nutrition specialists, pure water is considered to be the main drink for children. Juice and skim milk are also good drinks to drink in addition. Apples, cheese cakes or yogurt is ideal snack, a part from main meals, and good alternate for sweets.

Nose-picking

Nose-picking is a bad habit that can increase the risk of getting infected from the nose and spreading diseases to others. If your children have such kind of habit, you should remind them not to pick nose, clean hands and use clean and soft towels to clean nose. Besides, you should seek for environmental factors that make your children’s nose itchy, for example, allergies, dry, hot air, to have timely solutions, help children reduce the discomfort and frequency of nose picking.

Nail biting

Nail biting is one of infectious and harmful factors to the skin around the nail. According to psychological analyses, nail biting is a sign of boredom or psychological stress. To improve the situation, you should encourage children to take part in gentle activities like walking, listening to music, drawing… to help children be happy, excited and focused on other activities.

Lack of sleep

Description: Lack of sleep makes children piggish, tired and affects their grades.

Lack of sleep makes children piggish, tired and affects their grades.

Lack of sleep makes children piggish, tired and affects their grades. You should ask them not to stay up late, watch violent movies or do things that stimulate their mind before going to sleep. The ideal condition for children to have good sleep requires the following elements: no TV, dim-light room, quiet space, cleanliness and airiness.

According to researches, kindergarten children need to sleep 11-13 hours a day; ones who are 5-10 years old need to sleep 10-11 hours a day while ones who are older than 10 need to sleep 8.5-9.25 hours.

Skip breakfast

To children, breakfast is the most important meal in a day. If children skip breakfast, they won’t receive enough nutrients for physical and intellectual activities, as well as have the risk of obesity.

Therefore, you need to help children make time for breakfast before they go to school. Breakfasts should be rich in protein and fibers, such as eggs, milk, cereal, low-fat cheese…

Watch TV and play video games

Description: Many researches prove that spending long time on TV and computer is really harmful to children’s health.

Many researches prove that spending long time on TV and computer is really harmful to children’s health.

Many researches prove that spending long time on TV and computer is really harmful to children’s health. To reduce the bad effects of those children’s long-term habits, you should make rules about watching TV and playing video games: children who are under 2 years old shouldn’t watch TV, so don’t place TVs in the rooms of babies, eat while watching TV, play video games in more than 2 hours a day. Of course, to practice the rule, you have to sacrifice for being a model, reduce the time you watch TV and play video games.  

Be in active in taking part of activities, especially outdoor ones

The bad habit doesn’t directly relate to children, but is part of the fact that parents are busy and being careless to children. Specialists recommend you join with your children in an outdoor trip at least once a week with activities like walking, cycling, playing games…

Outdoor activities help stimulate physical developments, are good for eyes and brain, as well as provide children with vitamin D which support bone’s developments.

Picky children

Description: Picky children are just interested in a few foods.

Picky children are just interested in a few foods.

It’s not hard to find a picky child around us; most of them have malnutrition. Specialists who study on children share that being picky is a normal reaction of children in a specific period of time, and parents shouldn’t be overreacting on this situation but find solutions for it. Also, they need to know that being picky means that children are only interested in a few foods, which cause them nutritional imbalance.

Therefore, if your children don’t like a food, you shouldn’t remove it from the list right away but be patient, change the way to cook the food and let children try it again. If the children are insisted on not eating the food, you shouldn’t force them to eat, but you should let they skip a meal, and they will eat normally on the next one.      

 

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