Parents may have many concerns when it comes to their children but health concerns in children may be on the top of the list of concerns for a parent. You want to do everything to make sure your children grow up healthy but did you know that your children’s healthy future starts sooner than you think? This contributed post below provides three ways parents can start taking steps now to ensure their children have a healthy future.


As children grow, they become physically more complex. The clear and obvious signs you’re raising a healthy child are that they grow taller and heavier consistently. But as time goes on, their immune systems will need an extra boost to keep advanced illnesses at bay. Viruses are always morphing and adapting to whatever defense mechanisms our bodies come up with. Harmful bacteria can be ingested into the bloodstream in many different ways.

The common mistakes young parents make is not cleaning the kitchen down after handling raw meat. On top of this, as your children’s bodies are growing, they’ll need a guiding hand to help them form properly. More than just for aesthetic reasons, giving them great care with regards to their ability to function independently will last them for an entire lifetime. Here are just some of the essential health concerns that you should be taking care of while they’re young.

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Speech and eating

You shouldn’t put too much expectation on yourself to make sure your child’s teeth are gleaming white and perfectly straight. Part of the early formation of their teeth is that you want them to grow consistently. However making sure their gums, emerging teeth and structure are kept healthy will be detrimental to their speech and consumption of food.

Many young children are frightened at the fact that a stranger is delving into their mouths with sharp metal tools. This makes just getting your child to sit in the seat without moving around a challenge. Therefore you should consider a pediatric dentist that specializes in providing care for young children. The mood and communication between the professional staff and your child are quite important. Abating your child’s fears is very possible, which results in a more efficient caring process.


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Early system shock

One of the most prolific causes of fever and severe deterioration in young children is influenza A. Countries that don’t experience cold and wet weather for the majority of the year are prone to have people with a less developed immune systems coping with this virus. Flu vaccinations are a great way to nip it in the bud early. Be wary, however, men and boys are affected by the flu in a heightened manner.

The immune system of males is hit particularly hard by this virus and can cause more harm than in females. So if you have a young boy, it’s vital that you take him to a certified clinic, and give him flu shots in time for the cold seasons. If not done early, the flu can cause severe head and body aches, as well as prolonged high-temperature fevers.


Cracks and rashes

The largest organ of the body, the skin, is in its infancy for children. It’s very common to see cracks in the surface layer of their skin, usually on the arms and legs. Rashes can form where irritation is not treated. To avoid common problems such as these, you should be mindful not to bathe them in hot water. Make sure they have lots of natural oils in their diets, such as nuts and berries. Picking up a low strength moisturizer would also be prudent, but only use sparingly.

The very early health concerns for children aren’t difficult to tend to. It’s the time that matters as you cannot babysit their immune systems and stunt their natural development. However getting some essential health treatments at a young age will help them avoid unnecessary stress.



So what have we learned?

Your child’s immune system is their best defense against diseases, so making sure you do everything to protect and improve it is important to their health. I am vitamin D deficient due to my epilepsy and because of that, I have a compromised immune system. So I know all too well how important my immune system is to my health and I wish I could go back in time. However, I now have the knowledge to help protect my children.

Making sure your home is kept clean from bacteria and teaching your children to wash their hands is very essential. Make sure your children eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and they get all the sleep they need.

Taking care of your children’s skin starts when they are an infant. Be sure to put appropriate lotions on your baby after you bathe them and your children and use sunscreen when they have to go to school.

Raising children can be very scary for parents. There are many concerns we face from their safety to their health. But the best way to deal with any concern is to prepare. Taking steps as soon as possible to guard your children against the dangers they may face is the best step.

Do you have any health concerns about your children? Are you taking steps to ensure your children will have healthy futures?

I would love to hear from you below.

12 thoughts on “Health Concerns in Children – 3 Tips to Care For Your Child’s Essential Health”

  1. I love that you mentioned how we shouldn’t put pressure on ourselves to have our kid’s teeth sparkling white or straight. One of my kids has not so white teeth and crooked teeth on the bottom and it was initially a concern until we saw a pediatric dentist who let me know there was nothing to worry about. It’ s amazing how such a seemingly small piece of information could change one’s outlook. And you are so right about pediatric dentists! Ours is so funny and very sensitive towards the kids, and my kids love him for that.

    1. Hi Yemi
      I think sometimes as adults we forget what it feels like to be a kid again. We mean the best but we just move a little to fast. And yes pediatric dentist is a must because kids can be scared of the dentist(like some of us adults, lol) and they need someone with training to help them feel safe. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Great post Melissa. As a father of twin toddlers, I’m learning how easy they can get sick and how many other things you need to work on like speech, coordination, and strength.

    We’re doing their first dentist trip next week…I hope they don’t get to overwhelmed.

    1. Hi Vince,
      Caring for young ones takes you through all kinds of experiences, some scary and some amazing. When I took my son to his first dentist appointment he was very scared of the x-ray and we couldn’t get him to hold the piece in his mouth at all, that was many years ago. So having experienced dentist and employees is important. I wish you all the best with your children’s appointment. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Hello Melissa,
    I enjoyed reading your post. I did not realize there was not a worry about your children having crooked teeth. That surprised me. Obviously, you want to do everything you can to make sure your child is healthy. There are so many things out there to catch and different strains of them. This flu season was a real concern due to people actually being hospitalized. I wish you all the best with your children and here at WA.

    1. Hi Marylou,
      I agree the flu season was really scary even for my parents because of adults having issues this year. Children have to go through the process of losing their teeth which takes some time and as they stretch their teeth changes, so there isn’t too much of a rush. When my daughter was one she had crooked teeth but she lost her baby teeth and all her other teeth came in fine. It is best to wait and see. Thanks for your kind words and I wish you all the best too.

  4. Hi Melissa, this is such an amazing article that you have shared, thank you so much for that. All three key points from dental care to food and everything are so true, I agree with all of these points and really glad that you have mentioned it to spread awareness to other parents. We as a parent should take care of our child’s health without being tense. Thank you for an amazing read.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      As parents, we try to care for our children in every way we can but sometimes we can add more stress on ourselves than we need. So hopefully we can all see there are somethings we don’t have to put so much stress on our children or our self about. Thanks for the comment!

  5. As parents, we always concern about our children’s health. Yes, sometimes, we forgot the most important factor is the child’s immune system. I agree 100% with you as a parent the first thing to do is to protect and improve our child immune system. It is this system that will protect our children from diseases as they grow up. Thank you for a very informative post.

    1. I agree protecting your children’s immune system will help benefit their health in many ways as they grow. I am glad you found the post useful and thanks for the comment!

  6. Hi Melissa!
    It’s a very nice post! I have an 11 years old daughter, and I still repeating to her how important it is to wash her hands, and have a good hygiene. Thanks for your instructive information.

    1. Hi Carole,
      Yes, I have to remind my children all the time about washing their hands. I especially tell them to wash their hands when they get home from school. I am glad you found the post useful!

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