Did you know that 1 in 10 preschoolers and 1 and 4 school-age children have vision problems? A recent study showed that 80 percent of what a child learns in school comes to him or her visually; however, only 14 percent of preschoolers get an eye exam (Peek).
Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States (Current Ophthalmology). The good news for parents is that early detection can help prevent poor vision and help their child reach their learning potential.
The following are tips for parents to help with eye vision problems:
- Observe Discomfort — eye rubbing, blinking, or squinting, light sensitivity, keeping eyes closed too much, tired eyes or complaining of headaches.
- Look into child’s eyes to for unusual redness of eyes or eye lids, lid droopiness, crusted eyelids, styes or sores, tearing and eye direction.
- Get comprehensive exams by an eye doctor.
A child may or may not show any symptoms or signs that he or she may have a vision problem. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your doctor or pediatrician for more information.
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Good Times for Babies
During the latter half of their first year, babies enjoy simple games like Peek-a-boo. They are learning an important concept – object permanence. Up until now, if something left their field of vision, they thought it was gone. As they develop, they can form a mental image of an object that is out of sight – so, of course, they look for it and are very excited when it pops back into their field of vision!
There are many ways to play Peek-a-boo. Here are just a few:
- Cover your face with your hands, then remove them and say “peek-a-boo!”
- Put a scarf over your head and then remove it. Better yet, let your child remove it while you say “peek-a-boo!”
- Have a favorite stuffed animal pop up and down from behind the crib or highchair.
Is play all day at home ok?
Many parents regard free play as rather trivial in the lives of their child and would rather see them involved in formal games, educational classes, and organized sports. However, research suggests that free play at home may be healthier for your children than these more structured activities.
Pretend play allows children to test their ideas about the world and modify them as they go along. It provides children with a way to work through emotional conflicts in creative ways. Finally, it offers a miniature world within which they can learn about social interactions and interpersonal relationships.
Parents need to give their children plenty of room to play. That means being willing to put up with some loudness and horseplay, as long as it doesn’t become destructive. It also means providing a few resources, such as old clothes for dress-up activities, blocks or other building materials, outdoor play equipment, and an indoor playhouse or similar enclosure for fantasy play.
Giving your child a chance to unleash his/her creative imagination provides them with some basic building blocks that are important for success in later life.
February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month
Did you know that bacteria and viruses actually remain on your toothbrush? What can you do about it?
The American Dental Association recommends:
- Changing toothbrushes every three months
- Storing toothbrushes in an aerated and ventilated environment – never sealed-up in a closed container
- Labeling each person’s toothbrush
- Disinfecting toothbrushes daily (one way is to place toothbrushes in the dishwasher with eating utensils and allow to dry after the wash cycle)