One of the most important measures of preventing childhood disease is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding for less than three months is correlated with a reduced risk of asthma in children.
Another important fact for children is a healthy diet. Children with healthier diets tend to have less childhood diseases. What researchers have found can encourage parents to pursue a healthier wholefood diet for their children.
Researchers also discovered that the daily consumption of grapes, oranges, apples and fresh vegetables has assured less allergies and asthma.
A few tips on the care of children’s health are:
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast.
- Let children help plan and prepare one meal each week.
- Eat together as a family as often as possible.
- Take time eating, and chew slowly.
- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Eat more whole grains.
- Drink plenty of water.
In another study, it is clear that children with allergies may benefit from eating a diet with high proportions of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. And don’t forget to include nuts in children’s diets as well (including walnuts, pecans and almonds), but not until at least two years of age.
The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on their overall development and on the adult they will become. It is very important to maximize their future well-being.
Shirley Golden, Staff ND, The Health Patch – Cultivating Naturopathic Care for Total Health
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.