What they eat
Make sure your child eats a good variety of foods in sensible amounts - balance is the key. Make mealtimes fun and make time to sit down to eat and to enjoy food together as a family. Setting a good example is one of the best ways of encouraging healthy eating habits early in life.
Food is used in our bodies to create energy. If we do not use it we get fat. Encourage your children to be as active as possible. You and your child can get plenty of exercise by walking to the shops or to school or playing sports.
Lack of sleep can affect your mood and ability to function at work or as a parent. The same is true of children. Lack of sleep can impact on your child’s behaviour and achievement at school.
If you smoke you should protect your child from secondhand smoke. This will reduce the risk of them becoming ill. Contact your GP or local free stop smoking service who can help you kick this damaging habit for good.
Look after your child’s teeth and take them to visit the dentist regularly. Children are especially at risk from tooth decay because of the sugary things they eat - avoid sugary foods and drinks.
Use a toothpaste with 1350-1500 ppm fluoride or above (see tube).
Brush twice daily, especially at night.
Spit don’t rinse after brushing.
Looking after hearing
Younger children are using headphones with iPods and DVD players. Set volume controls and make sure they do not use them for long periods of time.