Keeping Your Children Happy and Healthy
All parents share the goal of keeping their children as healthy and happy as possible. Promoting health and effectively addressing illness are the two ways your health care provider attempts to support families in this endeavor. The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” remains as true today as it always has been.
Part of childhood often includes acute illnesses (short but sometimes severe), especially in the preschool years. Luckily the vast majority of childhood illnesses are self-limited, and with some simple and safe interventions, the children rebound with health and vigor. Because a child must build up their arsenal of immunity to fight off colds and viruses, they typically will have up to a dozen of such infections a year during the first few years of life.
Children may also have chronic illnesses (persisting over a long period of time) to contend with. Coping with the day-to-day struggles in chronic illness can, in some cases, place a damper on a child’s natural enthusiasm, but there may be many things that can be done to help them lead pleasurable and fulfilling lives.
The family’s relationship with the health care provider also impacts how the child perceives his experience, how the medical team shares information and decision making with families, and how the families communicate their questions, fears or concerns. The goal is to approach care as a team. The family is an integral part of this approach, with each member fulfilling a key role. The medical team appreciates the input of the parents and relies on them to be advocates for their children. After all, parents know their children better than anyone else!
We wish you the best of luck in your pursuit to lead your children into healthy adulthood!
For more information:
Go to the Children’s Health health topic.