CHILD CARE IN SUMMERS-FOOD

The beginning of the enjoyable summer season brings with itself, the complexities too. And the most vulnerable to this scratchy weather is the tender health of kids. The most responsible of all is the summer vacations wherein the kids, in the urge of enjoying to their limits, completely forget about their proper living schedules and patters. Other than the clothing and hygiene factors, the most obvious and striking target is the food they intake, the quantity and the quality provided.

It is scientifically proven fact that the stomach is the first affected part of the human body, and also kids are most prone to get attacked by the bacteria and germs; especially in the summer season. It is highly recommended by the doctors and the specialists to take care of the children regarding what they eat, to plan the food items according to their taste but keeping in mind, the proper precautions; because every time it is the health that comes first.

We may not realize the diseases; kids can be exposed to if they continue with the uneven and disturbing food habits. It is human tendency to enjoy at family gatherings by the source of entertainment being the food counter, least realizing the outcomes. Here are some of the tips which can be kept in mind by the family members for protecting their loved ones from bad situations-

1. Food poisoning is the most commonly prevailing disease among small children because people technically are not sound with the proper maintenance of the refrigerators. It should be made sure that the ice in fridges should be replaced regularly at the freezer temperature to be below

2. Food related problems can also be caused when the bacteria attacks the food items at a rapid speed. It usually happens when the raw food like meat, chicken and chilled seafood which are uncooked are kept at the same shelf in the refrigerator or close enough with the cooked food. Hands should be thoroughly washed after chopping or touching the raw stuff.

3. In families with large number of members, the food prepared is usually left after the meals. And it is a normal tendency to use the food later or store it anyhow. But there should be a proper cooling system as a storage area. Also, every left over or stored food item should be consumed.

4. If by any chance, the food items are forgotten to be stored, and say left open for 4-5 hours, it should be directly thrown away; no matter how tempting they still look, no matter we think it still could be edible or fresh, specially cooked rice, pasta, and non vegetarian food items.

The researchers say that kids spend most of their times in sun, playing and exhausting themselves; resulting in increased hunger which they usually satisfy with the junk food which makes them fat and sick. It is a tried and tested concept to plan the summer vacations of children by a proper made up.

1. A home maker should always set a routine for their kids to eat food and be healthy even in vacations. Any disturbance in the meal timings also affects the health of children. Breakfast should be served between 8-9 am in the morning; lunch should be consumed between 1-2 pm and proper dinner lastly by 9 in the night.

2. After playing and exhausting themselves badly in the summer sun, the kids have an urge to go for packed items, say a packet of chips or cold drink. Rather than satisfying their hunger by cooking highly fried and heavy items, the mothers should serve them with easy to digest food items like salad, curd, milk etc.

3. Since children now-a- days are getting too moody with their taste buds, not everyone in this upcoming generation has a fondness for the highest source of calcium i.e. milk. The best way to feed them the same is to bring out the better tasting alternatives like buttermilk, milk shake.

4. People think that fruits can be eaten in any form and can be served at any time. But the case isn’t true in summers. The freshly cut fruits should always be kept in fridges or should be made eaten by children in the raw form, not by cutting. The cutting of fruits releases their nutrients. The foremost important way to keep children safe in summer season is by restricting them to eat or drink outside because we cannot assure of the cleanliness of the ingredients and the manner of the preparation of the food items at the outdoor stalls.

Does your kid watch too much television?

You just got home with a new batch of groceries. Your phone has been ringing. You decide to put your little one in front of the television for a little while to be able to tend to the chores. The toddler sees a big screen with incredible features. All sorts of sounds and visuals. It is a different, probably a lot more exciting kind of toy! Oh and the little one has seen you play with this toy as well. So it works!

 

Such trivial events mat lead toddlers to love watching television. Even if what they see does not make a lot of sense to them, they see something new every time. It won’t be surprising if they start to prefer watching television over other toys.

 

This situation raises flags because the first three years are the most significant period of a child’s development, especially for the brain, which grows faster than other parts of the body- tripling in mass in just 12 months. During this time, a child’s brain is more receptive to positive influences and more vulnerable to negative ones. The stimuli children experience during this period profoundly influence brain development.

 

While TV provides no educational benefits for a child of this age, it also eats up time for physical activities that actually develop his brain- experimenting with cause and effect. It also takes away the time a child needs to develop necessary skills like language, creativity and social skills. Language, for example, does not improve by passively listening to the TV. It is developed by actively interacting with people as he learns to talk by interpreting adult language.

 

When kids who watch TV go to school, they have to make a change from being primarily visual learners to listening learners. If a kid watches more TV than interact with the family,the transition will be hard and school learning will suffer. TV may also expose the kid to negative behavior if the parent is not careful. The child does not know the difference between right or wrong. Television may induce baby’s sponge like brain to always expect fast paced inputs. They may not get such fast-paced inputs in their real life which may later affect their personality filling them with frustration, anger and anxiety. It is also found that children watching too much television are more likely to have shorter attention spans, problem concentrating and impulsive by age 7. Sitting in front of the TV while day long ceasing outdoor activities and may cause obesity right in the early years.

 

While it is advisable, it isn’t always possible to have someone to watch over the kid while you take care of chores.

  1. Plan chores around baby’s nap time
  2. Little exposure to the television does not harm, but the parent should accompany the child. Make it an interactive event, use the events to instigate some learning. Respond to their smile, speech and actions.
  3. If the child asks to watch the TV very frequently, do not always give in. Create a little ecosystem which instills learning, inquisitiveness and curiousness in them.
  4. Since children tend to mimic their parents, avoid watching too much television in their presence.

 

Their personality and thoughts depend on what they learn and gain. spend your time with them and make their personality stronger and better.

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