Having children can be one of the most rewarding and exciting things you’ll ever accomplish. However, your life will never be the same once you do. Your new responsibility in life is to do whatever it is necessary to keep your child safe, happy, and healthy.

You’re going to be nervous 100% of the time and that’s okay. But don’t stop with your vigilance when it comes to your children’s health. You need to keep them safe and healthy from the moment they enter this world until you physically cannot anymore — and hopefully, they’ll return the favor!

You’re going to be nervous at all times — especially when a global pandemic is going on!

Here are some important health tips that you should keep in mind during and after the pandemic:

Build a strong relationship with a family doctor

The U.S. is the world’s largest medical device market, with a market value of $140 billion. Over the course of your child’s lifetime, you’re going to end up visiting all kinds of medical professionals. You’ll speak with specialists, doctors, nurses, and everything in between. However, it’s crucial that you develop a longlasting relationship with a family practician.

This will ensure that you have someone you can call at any time and will be able to help you and your family out right away. The first time you baby hiccups, you’re going to want to rush to the emergency room. But it’s a much better idea to simply give your family doctor a call, listen to them tell you to relax, and go about the rest of your day. You need someone you feel comfortable with and who knows you and your family. Plus, this will help avoid being taken advantage of. The median loss for healthcare fraud offenses in the U.S. was over 1.8 million in 2017.

Don’t forget about their dental health

Children with poor oral health are 3 times more likely to miss school as a result of dental pain. At all times, you should monitor your child’s dental hygiene (until they are old enough to do so themselves).

Be sure to start early when it comes to teaching your kids about dental health. Don’t try and scare them by forcing them to go to the dentist. Instead, try and make brushing, flossing, and dental care fun. Also, try your best to cut back on those sugary, enamel-damaging teeth.

Focus on proper hygiene

The coronavirus has changed the world. Truly. Make sure you’re teaching your kids how to adapt to these new hygiene unwritten rules that are now part of everyday life. Your kids should always wash their hands — thoroughly — after eating, going out in public, or touching another person’s hands. Also, at least for the time being, make sure they know the importance of wearing masks and know when to replace them.

Encourge them to be active, but be careful!

Your kids need to be careful while playing outside. For the most part, your kids are tougher than you. Sure they might tear up after a bee sting, but they can fall over and over again and will keep getting up and going back to running around. Chances are, if you fall down once, your month is ruined! But your kids still have to be careful to not injure themselves so severely that they will experience issues for the rest of their lives.

Roughly 75% of Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives. Encourage them to run around and play outside as much as possible, but make sure they know how to be careful and protect their body.

Even when your children grow up and have families of their own, you’ll still worry about them — and that’s okay. It’s your responsibility to teach them everything they need to know so they can live long and happy lives and pass on that information to your grandkids!