Getting your child ready for a healthy life starts early. Healthy eating and physical activity habits are very important, and need support from the whole family.

Here are some resources to help your child have a healthy start to their preschool years. When children are not at their healthiest it may keep them from attending school, which takes away valuable learning time in preschool and later in their education.


 

Health Development

 

What are some examples of healthy development?

These short informational videos explain physical activity, healthy weight, and safety by age.

 

Where can I find advice and knowledge?

KidsHealth.org is a widely-used children’s health and development site with advice and information for parents and fun material on health for kids.

 

What does sleep have to do with healthy development?

When preschool children don’t get enough sleep, it can affect their mood, behavior, eating habits, and ability to focus during the day. Learn more about what you can do to improve sleep from WebMD.

Physical Activity

 

Why do preschoolers need physical activity?

Today’s children are four times less active in their day-to-day lives than their grandparents were, according to this article by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Being active helps your child stay healthy, learn good habits early, gives them an outlet for natural energy, and keeps them from high risk of obesity and other health problems throughout life. For more information on how important physical activity is to your preschooler, read the full article here.

 

How much physical activity does my preschooler need?

What is physical activity for preschoolers? Physical activity can be playing actively, family fun such as hiking or swimming, and anything that gets your child moving! Check out these USDA resources for tips to get moving and how much time your preschooler needs for physical activity.

 

How do we get started with physical activity?

Getting active can be free and easy. Check out this resource from PBS for tips to get active at your local park.

 

Where can I find free kid-friendly places for physical activity in San Antonio?

This guide offers useful information to kid-friendly parks in San Antonio.

 

Medical Home

 

What is a medical home?

Today, a child needs a home base for medical and non-medical care supported by a partnership between you, the parent or caregiver, your family, and your primary doctor or provider.
If you have insurance, it is likely you have already established a medical home. If you have not yet enrolled in medical insurance for your family, this is an important step to secure the medical support your child needs for healthy development. To get information about enrolling or one-on-one help, please visit www.enrollsa.com.

 

When should I call a pediatrician?

Handling illnesses or medical issues can sometimes be confusing for parents both new and old. Wondering when to call a pediatrician? Here are some helpful tips from WebMD.

 

Where can I find a pediatrician?

Looking for a pediatrician in your area? Find one here.

 

Well-Child Visits

 

Why are Well-Child Visits important?

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and change. At this exam, the health care provider will check your child’s growth and development in order to find or prevent problems. Your child should have more pediatric well-child visits when thy are younger and developing the fastest. Each visit includes a complete physical examination. Even if your child is healthy, well-child visits are an important time to focus on your child’s wellness. Learn more about well-child visits here.

 

What should I expect from a Well-Child Visit?

Check out this resource from KidsHealth for information about well-child visits and what you can expect from them.

 

Immunizations

 

Why should my child get immunizations?

The use of vaccines has led to major improvements in child health over a relatively short period. Many of the infectious illnesses you or your parents had as children, from chickenpox to polio to measles, no longer affect most children today because of immunizations. If you follow the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), you can help make your child healthier than was ever possible in earlier generations. For more information about immunizations and an immunization schedule, click here.

 

What do I tell my kids about immunizations?

This link from KidsHealth includes a simple guide to shots with interactive questions for parents and information for kids.

 

Where do I go for immunizations?

The Metro Health Immunization Clinic offers immunization services in San Antonio. Click here for more information.

 

Reminder: Immunizations are required by law

Immunizations are not only important for healthy development, but it’s also the law. Students who have not completed immunizations will not be allowed to register for kindergarten. Give yourself plenty of time during the spring of the year before your child enters kindergarten to have them done. Click here to download guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Speech, Language and Hearing

 

What about speech, language and hearing health?

For more information about ensuring your child’s speech, language and hearing health, check out this helpful guide from the American Speech—Language-Hearing Association.

 

Dental Health

 

How do I help my preschooler keep that bright smile?

Check out this Nick Jr. page for simple tips for making sure your kid is ready to keep a bright, healthy smile for life.

 

How do I find a dentist that’s right for my child?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAP), the recognized authority on children’s oral health, can help you find a dentist for your child in your area.