Part of a parent’s responsibility is to teach their kids how to lead healthy lives. To help children develop habits that will last a lifetime, an active, healthy lifestyle must start early in life.
Since young kids can’t decide on their own yet, parents make most of the decisions for them. However, not all these choices are beneficial for their children. In fact, one Malaysian doctor shed some light on how some of the lifestyle choices parents make are harming their children’s health. Here are four of them.
1. Not vaccinating their children.
Dr. Khiddir, a medical practitioner, based in Kuala Selangor, said:
“Misinformation on vaccines are irresponsible action by anti-vaxxers who unfortunately have a growing influence in our local communities.
If this vaccine rejection trend continues, this is a likelihood that infectious diseases that could be prevented by vaccines will continue to increase and all efforts by the MOH (Ministry of Health) will be futile.”
2. Bringing their children out late at night.
Dr. Khiddir shares four points as to why a crowded and noisy place is not where their kids should be.
- It exposes children to secondhand smoke and its hazardous effects.
- A crowded place exposes children to infectious diseases, which their young immune system can’t handle.
- It sets a bad precedent for them growing up as they will find going out late at night as something normal.
- It will disturb their sleep schedule and affect their health and ability to make good choices.
3. Letting their children be addicted to smartphones and tablets
These are the negative effects of this common habit:
- It’s a health hazard. A 2008 study found that children who used cell phones extensively experience more sleep disruption, restlessness, and fatigue.
- It affects their academic performance. Time spent on homework is reduced, exam results suffer due to poor preparation or fatigue from using their smartphone.
- They are exposed to inappropriate content. Even with parental control turned on on these devices, the chances of encountering inappropriate are still high.
4. Not prioritizing a healthy diet for their children.
Dr. Khiddir shares that rewarding small children with candies and snacks should be stopped. This practice could increase the risk of diabetes mellitus type 1 and set up a bad precedent for their behavior in the future.
Giving children a healthy balanced diet will ensure that they are getting all the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that children need for healthy growth and development.
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