World Health Day (7th April)

salad

Eating the right foods is a key part of keeping healthy. It is important to try and eat five fruit and vegetables a day. Fresh, frozen, tinned and dried fruit and vegetables all count towards this.

Other good ways to get your 5 a day can be using vegetables in pasta, soup or stews (which can help hide them if it is difficult for some children to eat 5 a day) and why not try making fruit smoothies. Bananas, strawberries and mango are just a few fruits that taste great in smoothies!

One portion of fruit and vegetables is roughly the amount a child can fit into the palm of their hand.

Further information available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/5ADAYhome.aspx

Sleep

AGE 

 SLEEP NEEDED

 1 year  11 ½ Hours at night, plus
2 ½ Hours in the day
 5 years  11 Hours
 7 years  10 ½ Hours
 10 years  9 ¾ Hours
 13 years  9 ¼ Hours
 15 years  8 ¾ Hours

SleepWinding down is a critical stage in preparing for bed. There are many ways to relax:Sleep is very important to your child’s wellbeing. A lack of sleep can cause your child to become hyperactive, disagreeable, and have extremes in behaviour.
For some children, irregular sleeping hours can be problematic. Keeping to a regular bedtime routine can be difficult, but it can help improve the quality of your child’s sleep. It’s important to devise a routine that works for you and your child and to stick to it. A bedtime ritual teaches the brain to become familiar with sleep times and wake times; it programmes the brain and internal body clock to get used to a set routine.

  • A warm (not hot) bath will help the body reach a temperature where it’s most likely to rest.
  • Relaxation exercises and deep breathing will help relax their muscles and body.
  • Relaxation CDs work by relaxing the listener with carefully chosen words and gentle hypnotic music and sound effects.
  • Reading a book or having a story read will relax the mind by distracting it from any worries or anxieties.
  • Try to keep televisions out of the bedroom as the TV can stimulate the brain making it more difficult to switch off and sleep.

Further information on sleep can be found at: www.mill-pond.co.uk
More information on methods of relaxation can be found on, NHS choices:
www nhs.uk or for advice see your GP or speak to your school nurse.

World Haemophilia Day (17th April) Do you know anyone with haemophilia?

WHD

Haemophilia is an inherited blood disorder where the blood is unable to clot normally. Bleeding and bruising can occur after minor bumps or knocks. Signs and symptoms can include; big bruises, bleeding in muscles and joints (particularly knees, elbows and ankles) and prolonged bleeding after a cut, accident or surgery.

Symptoms of joint bleeding are; tightness in the joint, swelling and hotness, loss of movement and severe pain. 

Further information is available at: http://www.haemophilia.org.uk/Bleeding+Disorders/Bleeding+Disorders/Haemophilia

National Allergy Week (22nd-28th April)

allergy

An estimated 50% of children in the UK have some form of allergic condition, ranging from very mild to severe. Common allergies in children are food (e.g. wheat, milk, nuts and eggs), pollens from trees and grass, house dust mites and insect stings.

Symptoms of allergies can be: itchy eyes, sneezing, itchy nose, headaches, wheezing or difficulty in breathing, coughing, sore throat, hives or rashes, cracked or dry skin, sickness, diarrhoea, stomach ache and swollen lips or tongue. There are many more symptoms of allergies beside these.

If you think a child might have an allergy, it is important for them to see their GP who can then give advice and guidance. If appropriate, they will refer into a specialist allergy clinic for testing and diagnosis.

If your child needs medication for severe allergies during the school day, your school nurse and class teacher can help you devise a care plan.

Further information is available at:
http://www.allergyuk.org/allergy-in-children/allergy-in-children