Children’s Health

Children’s Health is extremely important to us at Academy Day Nursery. Our staff are equipped with substantial knowledge of child health and care and are always on hand to advise and support parents. Our staff have hand-picked the three most commonly asked questions related to children’s health so we can provide easily accessible advise online. These are as follows: 

Teeth

A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Follow these tips and you can help keep your kids' teeth decay-free:

Toothpaste tips You don't have to buy special "children's toothpaste" brands. In fact, some of them don’t have enough fluoride in them to help prevent tooth decay.
Children from the age of seven can use family toothpaste, as long as it contains 1,350-1,500 parts per million (ppm) fluoride.

Below the age of three years, children should use just a smear of toothpaste. Children aged three to six should use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.


Incubation periods

The incubation period is the time between catching an infection and symptoms appearing. Incubation periods vary, depending on the type of infection. Infection incubation periods. Below are examples of the incubation periods for some infections: chickenpox: 1-3 weeks flu: usually around 1-3 days whooping cough (pertussis): between 6 and 20 days rotavirus: 2 days norovirus: 1-2 days Infectious period
The infectious period is not necessarily the same as the incubation period. With some viruses, such as chickenpox, the person may be infectious before symptoms start to show.
If you have any concerns about incubation periods, do not hesitate to contact the nursery.

KEEPING HEALTHY

Children are most likely to live a healthy lifestyle if it's made fun. Here are some tips to encourage your children to live a healthy lifestyle: Aim to include at least five fruit and vegetables a day within their meals. Where possible substitute starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes, rice and bread with wholegrain alternatives. When buying dairy products, check to see if there are any lighter and reduced fat options
Make physical activity fun
It is important to encourage children to participate in physical activity from a young age. Good exercises for children include active play such as hide and seek, jumping on a trampoline.