Caring for your heart is a common theme this time of the year, and for a good reason. February is American Heart Month, and all month-long medical providers promote the benefits of a healthy working heart. In addition, we typically hear messages about how adults can lower their risk for heart disease. However, the perks for children and a steady heart are not usually discussed.
Did you know? The average heart rate for a child is between 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm). The heart rate can especially be higher in newborns and infants with an average of 100 to 200 bpm. That’s a lot of beating for one little heart. So what can you do to encourage a healthy organ for your young one?
The good news is that having a heart-healthy child doesn’t have to be a trivial task. Developing a few positive habits can protect them from many forms of heart disease.
- Exercise – The heart is a muscle that needs movement to stay healthy. One hour of activity for a kid each day can reduce stress, maintain good blood pressure and strengthen bones and muscles.
- Limit Screen Time – Try to limit screen time in front of the TV, computer, tablet or phone to two hours a day. Excessive screen time can lead to an inactive lifestyle.
- Schedule Checkups – Meeting with your child’s pediatrician regularly is a great idea to maintain their health. Ask questions and share concerns with the physician. A pediatrician can provide great feedback to promote a healthy lifestyle.
- Eating and Drinking Well – Kids should eat fruits and vegetables daily to get the necessary vitamins and minerals. Try to steer away from sugary drinks; water is an excellent option for the heart.
- Getting Lots of Sleep – A good night’s sleep is critical for all children. Most kids need at least 10-11 hours of sleep at night.
Dr. Stephanie Phan, a newly-hired pediatrician at Bond Clinic, shares the following advice to maintain your child’s heart, “Monitor your child’s well-being and look out for any problems. Discuss setting healthy goals with your child and get them involved with their health now.”
Bond Clinic is continuing to expand in 2022! With the addition of our newest pediatrician and several other physicians, we have a wonderful team here to help you. If you would like to learn more about our quality services, please visit our website at www.bondclinic.com or call us at 863-293-1191.
By: Jared White, Assistant Marketing Director at Bond Clinic, P.A.