from Eastern Idaho Public Health

Raising a child in today’s world can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips that will help you raise safe and healthy kids.

Get check-ups and vaccinations.

Routine check-ups, including dental and eye exams, help identify ways to stay healthy, provide the
opportunity to receive preventive services, and help find health problems early, when chances for
treatment are better. Vaccinations help prevent many diseases and save lives. Keep track of you and
your family’s check-ups and vaccinations to make sure they stay current. If your child is in need of
vaccinations, Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) will be holding a NO COST childhood (18 years and
younger) vaccine clinic on Tuesday, April 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1250 Hollipark Drive in Idaho
Falls. Please call (208) 533-3235 to schedule an appointment.

Protect your kids.

Take steps to make sure your home, car, school, and other areas are safe. Use car seats and seat
belts for appropriate ages and sizes. Keep harmful substances and objects out of children’s reach. Be
aware of signs of maltreatment, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Ask a trusted friend or
family member to watch your kids if you feel yourself losing control and need a break.

Provide healthy meals and snacks.

Eating right will help provide children the nutrients needed to have energy, build strong bones, and
fight diseases and conditions. As children grow, help them choose healthy meals and snacks
(including lots of fruits and vegetables). Pay attention to what and how much they eat. The WIC
(Women, Infants, Children) program at EIPH helps eligible families eat healthier and provides them
with education on topics including nutrition, having a healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, and
more. To see if you qualify for this no-cost program, go to eiph.idaho.gov.

Keep your kids active.

Help kids and teens be active for at least one hour a day. Include activities that raise their breathing and
heart rates and that strengthen their muscles and bones. Find fun, safe, and active things you can do
with your kids to help keep the whole family healthy.

Live a smoke-free life.

Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are harmful to you and your family. Be smoke-free
during pregnancy to help prevent premature birth and other health problems. Stay smoke-free to help
lower your children’s risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), bronchitis, more severe asthma,
ear problems, and pneumonia. You can help protect your children by making your home and vehicles
smoke-free. Quitting smoking is the single best way to protect your family. If you are interested in
quitting smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco, EIPH has programs to help. Call Pam Rich at (208) 533-
3157 to get you on your way.

Teach your kids healthy habits.

Help your kids develop skills to make safe and healthy choices every day. These include fastening
seat belts, wearing helmets, applying sunscreen (SPF 30+), brushing teeth, washing hands, forming
healthy relationships, and more. Make safe and healthy choices every day to show kids how to do it.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018