Posts for: July, 2021
Good nutrition, regular exercise, and protection from common childhood diseases are essential for your child's health. Your child's pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, FL, are here to answer your questions and provide care that will help your son or daughter thrive.
Good health starts with a healthy diet
Growing children need foods packed with vitamins and minerals and other nutrients. Fruits and vegetables should fill one-half of your child's plate at mealtime. Whole grains and proteins should fill the other half. Healthy proteins include fish, lean meats, and poultry.
Limit cake, candy, and potato chips to special occasions and offer healthier snacks instead. Apple slices, carrots, string cheese, yogurt, and celery filled with peanut butter are good snack choices.
Exercise builds strong bones and muscles
Daily exercise is an important aspect of your child's health. In addition to strengthening muscles and bones, exercise also helps your child maintain a healthy weight.
Kids 6 to 17 need at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If your child plays sports, he or she may already meet the activity recommendations. Team sports aren't the only way to get exercise. Kids can stay active by riding bikes, swimming, taking walks, dancing, or other activities.
Immunizations keep your child from getting sick
Immunizations prevent your child from developing many diseases, including whooping cough, measles, mumps, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, rotavirus, and chickenpox. Children who get these diseases can become very sick and may face lifelong health complications in some cases, or may even die.
Following the recommended immunization schedule is a simple way to protect your child's health. Immunizations start when your child is a baby and continue throughout childhood. Be sure to call the Kissimmee, Orlando, or St. Cloud pediatrics office if you have questions or concerns about immunizations.
Checkups and immunizations help protect your son or daughter's health. Contact the Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud, FL, pediatricians at Pediatrics of Central Florida if you need to schedule a visit. Get in touch with the doctors by calling:
(407) 846-3455 (W. Oak St., Kissimmee)
(407) 857-2816 (Orlando)
(407) 933-5985 (Cypress Parkway, Kissimmee
(407) 891-0479 (St. Cloud)
Vitamin D is critical for all of us, but especially children. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium, as well as for the support and development of a healthy body. Children with severe vitamin D deficiencies may develop muscle weakness, delayed motor development, rickets, and fractures.
Unlike most vitamins, which we can often get through diet alone, vitamin D is acquired through time spent in the sun. You won’t find many foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Unfortunately, if you’re in a place that doesn’t get much sunlight then chances are good your child may not be getting enough vitamin D.
Children get about 80 percent of their vitamin D from sunlight. So if your child doesn’t spend much time outdoors (especially during the winter months) it’s a good idea to talk with your pediatrician about ways to ensure that your child is getting enough vitamin D.
Children with certain health problems such as cystic fibrosis or celiac disease, as well as children who’ve undergone bone surgeries may require more vitamin D. This is something you should discuss with your pediatrician. Children over 1-year-old need at least 600 IU of vitamin D (or more) a day. Ideally, children should get around 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day.
We also know that too much time in the sun can also pose risks for children, especially their skin. During the summer months, children only need a few minutes a day in the sun to get enough vitamin D. During the winter months, kids should get about 2-3 hours per week. Children under 6 months old should never be placed in direct sunlight.
Children with darker skin will also need to spend more time in the sun to produce the same levels of vitamin D as kids with lighter skin. Just sitting inside near windows won’t be enough for your child’s body to produce vitamin D.