Developmentally disabled children may have difficulty following a healthy diet and be less physically active because of disabilities such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and down syndrome. This can lead to additional health problems like high cholesterol levels or high blood pressure. The good news is that obesity in children can be avoided.
As a certified provider of the Georgia Pediatric Program in Atlanta, Georgia, we listed these helpful guidelines for you to assist your child in maintaining a healthy weight:
- Physical activity
A critical step in helping your child maintain an optimal weight is ensuring that they get at least 30 minutes of activity each day. Physical activities such as swimming and yoga can be good options, but discussing these with your pediatrician is essential. As a parent, you should also ensure that your special needs child has good mobility and can participate safely in physical activity.
- Counting daily calorie intake
If your child is overweight, it may take several months to get them back to a healthy weight. Your doctor will most likely recommend that you give your child 300 fewer calories per day than they need each day to lose weight gradually and ensure they get the proper nutrition.
It is essential to note that weight management for children with developmental disabilities is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It requires an individualized plan created by a team of healthcare professionals.
Your child’s needs are unique, and so is the solution. That’s why CUSTOM LIVING CARE provides home health care services to help you care for your special-needs child.