Dealing with children is possibly one of the toughest jobs in the world as any parent or teacher would testify. Perhaps, a teacher’s job is even tougher considering they have to keep many of them under check at any given time.
Most children love to bend a rule a little bit if they are reasonably sure they can get away with it. After all, kids will be kids and a little bit of mischief is even expected of them.
The right diet and hygiene are vital to a child’s all round development. Therefore, the task of ensuring the right standards of hygiene and nutrition in children’s diet poses a big challenge to parents and teachers at home and school respectively.
This calls for encouraging children to follow a set of guidelines at home and school. We will first look at the hygiene part and look at the points related to nutrition a little later.
- Hand hygiene: Encourage children to always keep their fingernails trimmed and wash their hands thoroughly before eating food.
- Refrigerated food: Encourage children to always eat freshly prepared food and avoid refrigerated food as it may develop harmful mold or fungi if there is a power failure.
- Clean water: Encourage kids to always drink clean water and from known sources. This protects them from the risk of contracting waterborne diseases like Cholera.
A balanced diet is essential for physical and development of your child. Encourage your children to avoid eating the following food items:
- Junk Food: Provides zero nutritional value, and also contains excess salt.
- Aerated Drinks: Colas and sodas contain excess sugar.
- Chocolates & icecreams: Result in bad teeth and excess body weight. (Moderate consumption is fine)
So how can we ensure our children get a balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs and the prescribed hygiene standards?
Sticking to home-cooked food with plenty of fruits and green vegetables and prepared as per the hygiene practices discussed above ensures your child is healthy and active at all times. In addition, the following guidelines should be followed by adults:
- Food handling: Food handlers at home and in school should use spoons, ladles and protective gloves.
- Pesticide-free food items: Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water before use to make them free of pesticides.
- Single-use of cooking oil: Discard cooking oil after a single use as recycled oil may develop cancer-causing free radicals.
Children are aware about these issues and are easily convinced once it is explained to them. Our motto should be: Eat healthy and live healthy.