Establishing a good routine for your toddler, including regular meal and snack times, regular sleep and nap times will help your toddler to maintain a healthy weight. A healthy lifestyle and weight in these early years helps reduce the risks of being overweight during childhood and adulthood.
The developmental stages of a child in their early years are crucial to a child's development and wellbeing for the rest of their life. A child carrying excess weight can affect day to day tasks for them, such as struggling to stand up from sitting, coordination, difficulty sleeping, and behaviour problems relating to high sugar intake. Changing unhealthy habits can be very difficult.
We all want our children to enjoy their childhood, and taking part in activities we hope all children have the opportunities to take part in, such as playing in the park. Being a healthy weight will help a child to enjoy these activities.Close
A child is regularly measured in their early years at Health Visitor contacts up until the age of 5 years old. From the age of 2 years old, you can calculate your child's body mass index (BMI) using the online calculator. You must enter the date of birth and gender for your child, as it is calculated differently to adults.
You can use the BMI growth charts to plot your child's BMI using the centiles. For more information on using these charts, speak to your GP.Close
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What support is available in early years?
Healthy Start are free vouchers for pregnant women and mothers with children under the gae of 4 years old, who are in receipt of benefits or pregnant and under 18 years old. Vouchers are used to spend on healthy foods and vitamins to give your child the best start in life. Speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor for more information.Close
To get support on achieving your healthy lifestyle goals you may want to seek support from our Health Trainers.The Health trainer team can offer 6 sessions of one-one support for healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol intake and stopping smoking. They will help to build confidence and motivation to enable you to achieve your goals. Close