Teaching Children How to Avoid Sickness

It’s important that you teach your child the basics of sickness. You need to teach them that sickness comes from germs, and that germs generally spread from person to person. You need to teach them that doctors prescribe medicine that fights the germs inside of them making them sick. You also need to teach your children that proper hygiene (things like covering their mouth and washing their hands) is essential when it comes to both preventing their own sickness, and to keep others from getting sick as well.

All of those facts are important to teach your child. Those facts will help prevent them from getting sick, and will help them prevent spreading their sickness to other people when they do come down with something. But there are other important pieces of information you need to share with them related to not just sickness, but to health.

Teaching Your Child the Other Side of Illness

Sickness isn’t just as simple as “germs cause disease.” While it doesn’t hurt to teach your child this basic truth at first, you eventually need to teach them some of the other facts of illness.

For example, we all know that some people get sick more often than others. We also know that everyone is more likely to get sick during those times they aren’t taking care of themselves. We all know, even if we don’t all like to admit the truth, that people who make intelligent decisions about their health tend to get sick a lot less than people who burn themselves out and treat their bodies poorly. Germs may cause illness, but germs are a lot more likely to affect generally unhealthy people than generally healthy people.

Teaching your child about germs just isn’t enough. You also need to teach them how to be health.

Health is More Confusing than Illness

Health is a little trickier subject to teach your child than germs. Part of this is because teaching a child that germs cause illnesses is a very simple matter, and pretty much everyone agrees on this fact.

But not everyone agrees what it means to be healthy, or what it takes to become healthy. It’s easy to spend an hour reading books on the subject, or surfing the web Googling health topics, or watching TV about health, and come away more confused than you were before you attempted to educate yourself. There are a lot of different theories out there about what constitutes good health, and most of these theories contradict each other. To make matters even more confusing, most of these conflicting opinions are supported with scientific studies that “prove’ they are right and their opposing theories are wrong.

What to Teach Your Child About HealthChildren Sickness

It’s hard enough to figure out what you should do for your own optimum health, let alone teaching your child what choices they need to make to maintain their wellbeing and protect themselves from illness.

Thankfully, there are a few basic tenets of health that most people can agree on- both when reading expert opinions and when thinking about their own experience.

Your child needs to know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. When they are growing they need as much sleep as possible, and of the highest quality possible.

Your child needs to know to eat healthy foods. There’s a lot of debate about what might constitute the healthiest possible diet, but there’s a lot of consensus about avoiding overly processed junk foods filled with sugar. Teach that to your child.

Your child needs to know about staying physically active, and exercising. Once again there’s a lot of debate about how they should exercise. All you need to teach them is the importance of moving around and doing something physically strenuous.

Finally your child needs to know the importance of staying relaxed and not stressing out. We all know that we are most likely to get sick when we are feeling stressed out, so teaching your child to keep from getting too wound up is a no-brainer.

If you teach your child the importance of being healthy and physically feeling good, and that doing so will keep them from getting sick, than they will be well prepared to make the intelligent choices needed to maintain their health.

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