If you are a parent, there is nothing as important as your kids health.
This can even start before they are born. It is important for mothers-to-be
to make regular prenatal doctor’s appointments to make sure that
the pregnancy is going as smooth as possible. Undiagnosed problems, such
as gestational diabetes in the mother, can lead to problems for the child
after they are born.
After birth, the baby needs to make several doctor visits so the doctor
can monitor the kids health. Children need to receive certain immunizations
on a timeframe to prevent them from contracting diseases. Vaccinations
are very important factor in kids health. Until the early 1920’s,
diphtheria was a terrible childhood disease. It was responsible for killing
over ten thousand people each year. Once doctors started administering
a vaccine against diphtheria, the numbers decrease dramatically and it
is very rare to see a case of diphtheria today. Measles is another disease
almost totally eradicated by vaccination. The cases decreased from half
a million nationwide in 1962 (the year before the vaccine was introduced)
to only about 100 cases in 1999.
There are other measures you can take to insure your kids health. If they
feel hot, take their temperature. Normal temperature in a baby can be up
to 100 degrees. But, you should know what is normal and what is high depending
on their age to insure your kids health. If you think they have a fever,
try Tylenol to reduce the fever. You can also give them a lukewarm bath
to bring their temperature down. If you child injures themselves while
playing, know proper first aid. Bandaids are fine for small cuts, but deeper,
larger cuts should be looked at by a physician. You should never try to
treat broken limbs yourself, other than to immobilize the limb and take
your child to the emergency room.