• Limiting Candies
  • December holiday
  • Healthy Teeth
  • Popcorn Safety
  • Exam Anxiety Management
  • Using food to reward children
  • Healthy Eating Tips for Children
  • Perfecting Eyesight
  • Better brain development
  • Picky Eating

Limiting Candies

Halloween may not be as popular in Singapore. The children do not have the usual trick-or-treat sessions like those in America. However, due to commercials, we still have candies to buy and since Halloween is around the corner, many are nicely packed to attract the children’s attention.

A little candy for your children is essential. That is what defines childhood. But limit the amount of candies they should and can consume. Overeating of candies can cause a variety of consequences such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Imbalance of the blood sugar
  • Poor nutrient intake
  • Tooth decay

So pay attention to what your children consume and the consequences may be just as scary as Halloween.

December Holiday

School may be out for your children. But is it right for them to hit the books during the holidays? Don’t let the electronics dominate them. Have the ongoing learning in a more relaxed and creative environment.

  1. Continue tuition at a regular basis to keep them thinking
  2. Attend holiday camps/ workshops for them to interact with other children

But don’t let studying be the only thing they do over the holidays. Allow them some time to enjoy what they like to do. You can also make use of the time to bond with them such as:

  1. watching tv
  2. play sports or take part in a sport together

Let this holiday be a fulfilling one for your children!

Healthy Teeth

Why are healthy teeth important?

  • Help you chew the right food that helps you to grow
  • Enable you to speak clearly
  • Allow you to look your best
  • Prevents plaque

So how do you ensure that your child’s teeth are healthy?

  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Brush all the teeth, not just the front
  • Make sure your child takes his/her time to brush teeth
  • Ensure that their toothbrush has soft bristles
  • Check with the dentist if they are suitable for antibacterial mouth rinse
  • Teach them to floss their teeth
  • Bring your child to the dentist at least twice a year
  • Careful with what your child eat and drink

Popcorn Safety

We enjoy popcorn everywhere. We have them at home, at the cinema while watching a movie, and even while shopping. Though it is a popular snack, it may hold hidden dangers especially choking in children.

Choking is a very common cause of unintentional injury or death in children. The round shape and small size of popcorn poses a choking risk. It may pose a higher threat to children younger than 5 years old. But do ensure that your older children do not jump around while eating popcorn as that may cause them to choke on popcorn as well!

For safer popcorn eating precaution, let your children eat popcorn with a drink nearby and ensure that they chew carefully before swallowing!

Exam Anxiety Management

PSLE is around the corner and you notice that your child is losing sleep due to exam anxiety. It is natural for anyone to feel nervous especially since this will be your child’s first major exam.

Some anxiety may actually help to enhance your child’s performance during the examinations as the extra adrenalin that stress releases can assist them in responding to the situation. However, when too much adrenalin is being released, distress sets in and anxiety will prevent your child from doing well.

So how can you, as a parent, help your child manage their exam anxiety?

  • Ensure that your child stays healthy. If their body and mind are physically and emotionally exhausted, they are less likely to be able to cope well with the stress
  • Get your child to be prepared for the examinations. Study earlier and more is more essential.
  • Teach your child proper breathing technique
  • Get your child to stand up for catastrophic thinking. More positive thought!

 

Using food to reward children?

Children are usually given food as a reward both at home and in school. The food given to them are usually low in nutritional value but are inexpensive and easy to get which can also bring about short term behavioural change.

Disadvantages:

  • Undermines nutritional education taught in school
  • Encourages over consumption of such food that are high in sugar or salt content

Kids learn preferences for food made available for them. Poor food choices and lack of exercise will lead to obesity.

‘Create rewards for your students that are truly rewards … not influencers to future behavior.’

 

Healthy Eating Tips for Children

Once your children learn to carefully balance their food intake, all the organs in their body will function smoothly and the body will work efficiently. Cultivate a habit in them to follow the following tips:

  1. Sharing a meal with family and friends
  2. Breakfast is an important meal
  3. A variety of food is the recipe for health
  4. Base their food on carbohydrates
  5. Have fruits & vegetables in every meal
  6. Too much saturated fats in not good for the body
  7. Eat regularly and choose a variety of snacks
  8. Drink plenty of water
  9. Brush teeth at least twice a day
  10. Be active every day

 

Perfecting eyesight

Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems may face many barriers in life.

What can we, as parents, do to ensure that our children have good eyesight?

  • Be Eye Aware

Early detection and treatment is the best defense against eye disease. Children should have their eyes tested at least once every two years.

  • Green is Good

Provide your child with a balanced, nutritious diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and yellow vegetables such as pumpkin and carrot will help to keep your child’s eyes healthy;

  • Hats Help

Make sure that your child always wears a broad-­‐brimmed hat when playing outside, as this will reduce the amount of UV reaching your child’s eyes by up to half;

  • Specs Appeal

When in the sun, make sure your child wears sunglasses with UV to protect their eyes from damaging UV rays;

  • Balls Galore

Ensure appropriate safety procedures are covered with your child prior to playing sports that include high velocity ball action.

  • Eye Supplements

Supplements that contain lutein which is a natural antioxidant that may help the eyes stay healthy.

Better brain development

One of the crucial essential fatty acids needed for brain development is Omega 3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is the primary structural component of brain tissue.

DHA is a basic building block for your baby’s brain. As mentioned earlier, it is a critical component in the development of your child’s brain. Having the right amount of DHA helps to prevent allergies and increases the size and weight of your child. It will also increase your child’s coordination skills.  

Most vitamins do not contain Omega 3 except for fish oil. Thus, in order to have your growing child to have optimal brain development to allow better performance in school or in life, get them to start eating fish oil supplements because our diet does not give us the sufficient amount!

Picky Eating

If your child is a picky eater, you may find it hard to consume the right and balanced amount of food in their diet. Your child may not want to eat certain food but as long as there is an alternative to the necessary vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, it will be fine too.

Here are some tips to help your child:

  • Respect your child’s  food dislikes
  • Encourage more fruits rather than vegetables
  • Set a ‘No-complaining’ rule at mealtime
  • Keep the atmosphere at mealtime pleasant
  • Provide multivitamin supplement for your child