Child Heart Health Tips
At Family Medical Clinic in Kendall, we’re proud to count pediatrics as one of our many service areas at our walk in clinic. We have numerous family doctor services available to you, and caring for every part of your child’s development is one we take great pride in.
This involves giving parents the tools to help their child with proper and healthy development, and a big area here is the heart. Most parents realize simple areas where they have to help their kids, such as brushing their teeth or learning to use the bathroom on their own, but some don’t spend as much time thinking about the role they play in their child’s heart health. Let’s take a look at some important factors and tips we can offer in this area.
The Process Begins Early
Part of the reason some parents neglect heart health in children is a simple misconception that only adults need to worry about their heart. Children never have heart attacks or strokes, after all, so why should they worry?
Unfortunately, this approach is severely misplaced. It’s indeed rare for kids to get heart-related conditions, but the process that leads to this kind of thing in adults absolutely begins during childhood. We’re referring to fats, cholesterols and other substances that builds up in arteries, raising risk for future heart attacks or strokes.
Tips for Heart Health
Here are some things you can do as a parent to keep kids on a good path when it comes to heart health:
- Low fats: As you shop for the entire family, look for foods low or absent in two major fat areas: Saturated fats and trans fats. These are often found in things like sweets, frozen foods, salty crackers and fried foods. Rather, look for lean meats, low-fat dairy, and plenty of fruits and vegetables to supplement things. Try to cut down on sweetened beverages wherever possible, as well.
- Exercise: All children should get at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily, and you can make this into a family thing if it’s an issue.
- Cook with them: A great way to show kids the ins and outs of a healthy diet is to let them cook with you. This offers both fun and opportunities to teach them about healthy eating.
- Checkups: Make sure you have the prescribed regular checkups for both yourself and your children when it comes to areas like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol, which relate to heart health.