From packing their school bag in the morning to tucking them into bed at night, you do everything possible to keep your child healthy and safe. But wait! Isn’t there something that you are losing `sight’ of? Sure there is. The proper development of eyesight is extremely important for your child in order to grow into a healthy individual. However, the reasons for an improper development could be many. At each stage of your child’s life, it is important for a parent to monitor the development of their child’s vision. In case of slightest suspicion, you must not hesitate to pay a visit to the pediatrician.
But why wait for condition to reach an alarming level? Following are some tips that will help you ensure proper development of your child’s eyesight.
If your child is between 0-4 months old, make sure that the lights of their room are not too bright. Change the direction of your child’s cot if it receives direct light and keep electronic devices like mobile phones at least 8-12 inches away from the baby.
Dangling a toy over your child’s cot is recommended for better vision. Besides, improving their vision this will also help developing synchronization between the movement of hands and legs. Also, you must let your child spend some time outdoors. Doing this will let them watch things happening around and they might also learn to grab objects.
One of the best ways to ensure healthy eyesight in your child is to take care of their diet. Following is a list of several foods, which must be included in your child's diet for a stronger vision.
Green vegetables are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants known to reduce risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
The yolk of an egg is rich in lutein, zeaxanthin and zinc which can lower risk of macular degeneration and cataracts in later stages of life.
Vitamin C can be found in abundance in citrus and berries. Studies have shown that this essential vitamin can dramatically reduce risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Research shows that the richness of vitamin E in almonds and a regular consumption of almonds can slow down development of macular degeneration. Only a handful of almonds fulfils almost half of your daily requirement of vitamin E.
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