As a parent, there’s no doubt that you want the very best for your kids, and so setting a great foundation for their future must be your priority. That said, it’s a good idea to know some of the things that you should protect your kids from while they are young. Here are three of them so that you know where to start and how to do it.
1. Hearing Loss
There’s no doubt about the fact that the world is a noisy place, with many people unable to choose the environs where they raise their children. Regardless of this, there are steps that you can take to make sure that your children don’t lose their hearing because once they do, they may never be able to get it back. In the United States, one out of eight people or 13% of the population aged 12 years and older has hearing loss in both ears, according to NIH. This is according to standard hearing examinations and it shows the gravity of the situation.
Take the time to help your kids develop healthy hearing habits early on to avoid this possibility. This includes letting them know that they should not listen to headphones or earphones that are too loud and for a long period of time. Such measures can help keep them safe from accidental hearing loss that they may experience without any warning.
2. Learning Problems
The second thing that you need to protect your kids from is learning problems and the failure to attain a good education. The main way to do this is by finding the best school in which to enroll them. Right from preschool, education needs to be set on a solid foundation. This is because, first of all, the right preschool will teach them how to be learners and set the stage for what to expect in the future. It is also in preschool that your children will develop their social skills and learn how to live well in society.
A third of young children, or 6.7 million of them, according to data from the Census Bureau, receive care from a nonrelative regularly. This includes the 4.8 million children who attend a daycare facility or attend an organized preschool. Even with care outside of the home, it’s important for children to have a solid educational foundation.
3. Poor Oral Health
Finally, if you want to give your children the chance to have beautiful, bright smiles when they become adults, you need to start now. Set them on a schedule for oral health care that will ensure they don’t have a chance of developing issues with their teeth and gums in the future. This should include flossing and brushing regularly and the right way.
Don’t forget to feed them a healthy and balanced diet that consists of all the vitamins that teeth need to develop well. And last but not least, set regular schedules to take them to see the dentist. If they are prescribed to take a certain treatment course, make sure that they take it and they will have smiles to be proud of as they grow up. Support them through the treatment course that they are prescribed by reminding them about facts like more than four million people in the United States wear braces, with 25% of them actually being adults.
Do your best to make sure that your kids are protected from these three things while they are young. There are many other things you should watch out for, but start with these and build your list to cover more and more. Your children will be happy that you made the effort when they grow up healthy, happy, and bright.