In the last few weeks before school starts, many parents are wondering how they’ll get their children back on the healthy track of regular sleep and food. Experts at Royal Bahrain Hospital, Dr. Rajeswari, Specialist Endodontist and Conservative Dentist, and Nada Jawahery, Registered Dietician, give some pointers on how to enjoy the last few days of summer without going overboard.
To keep children’s smile healthy and bright, Dr. Rajeswari says: “Family’s summer eating habits need to change, such as frequent snacking between meals”. Kids are allowed to eat solid sticky foods like chocolate and caramels but in small amounts, and it’s best to substitute them for food rich in calcium and phosphorous, helping to prevent caries. Also, cut back on processed cooked starchy foods, especially combined with refined sugars, such as the fries and soda. “It’s best that before school starts that you take your child for a check-up on his or her teeth, since prevention is better than cure.”
Meanwhile, Nada suggests breaking the video game trance and encourages each family to “be an active family, encourage your kids to be active by being active with them!” A bike ride or a game of basketball are ideal to get their blood pumping and energized. Once school starts, Nada says it’s okay to allow chocolate and sweets “in moderation”, but it’s best to encourage your child to drink milk for strong and healthy teeth and bones. Additionally, Nada gives some ground breaking piece of advice: “allow your child to leave some food on his or her plate, as this helps them understand when they are satisfied.”
For more information or to book an appointment at Royal Bahrain Hospital, call 1724 6800 or 8000 1090 (toll free), or visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com