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4 tips on how to become a good parent

It is a very tough, yet important job to raise kids. Most parents are not well prepared for their new role. Here are some tips that will help them to become good parents.

Improve child’s self-esteem

img12Your child follows your body language, the tone of voice, expressions, actions, etc. So, you should be very careful with them. You should praise them for their small accomplishments and let them do things on their own. This will make them feel strong. Don’t compare your child with others; it will hurt their self-esteem. You should choose your words very carefully.

Give compliments when they do something good

Parents often give negative compliments to kids all day. Instead, you should give positive feedback when they do something good. For example, if you see them tidying up their room, thank them. This will encourage good behavior. You should give rewards for their good works every day, like compliments, hugs, etc.

Set limits to their behavior

img11It is vital to teach your kids to be disciplined. Children should learn how to self-control. You should have some house rules set for them. You should be consistent with your discipline. For example, if you don’t let your kid watch TV before homework, then they should never be allowed to watch TV.

Make time for your kids

You should give enough time to your kids. You should make time to have family meals together or spend some quality time. You can take them to walk or play with them. There is nothing more valuable than giving your kids quality time.

As a parent, you must always be a good role model. Your kids will follow you, so try to create a good example in your kid’s mind so that they can grow up to be a better person also.

Top 5 medical conditions most prevalent in children today

As parents, we are always worried about our children’s health. If you know about the common diseases that your children may have, we can be more careful about the symptoms of these diseases. Here are the most common illnesses we observe in our children today.

Common Cold

img17Mild fever, coughing, congestion and sore throat are very common every season. In such cases, you need to give your child lots of fluid and rest. You can give your child ibuprofen to decrease the fever and cold medicines for clearing cough. Saline drops are very helpful for clearing noses. It moisturizes your child’s nasal passageways and gets rid of the excess mucus. It takes five to seven days to recover from a common cold.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

This happens to children of two years old or under. Most of the time, the symptoms are similar to that of cold. Those children having weak immune system, chronic lung disease or heart problem can have severe consequences of RSV. It can lead to pneumonia or bronchiolitis. Thousands of children are hospitalized every year for RSV. If your child is breathing very fast, then you should contact a pediatrician immediately.

Roseola

img18Roseola is also seen in children who are less than two years old. The kid may have a high fever, coughing, congestion, and some rash as well. It usually starts from the chest and then spreads. It gets over within a week.

Gastroenteritis

It causes diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Different viruses can cause this disease. If your child takes enough rest, then the symptoms will be gone by within a few days. The child should drink lots of fluid so that dehydration doesn’t occur.

Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

img21It this case the child ahs sores in mouth and throat which are painful. It happens during the summer and fall season. It can spread from one kid to another very quickly.

In most cases, all your kid needs are proper rest and drink fluid all the time. If the condition of your child doesn’t improve in a few days, then you should contact a pediatrician immediately.