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Top 5 Health Issues Parents Encounter
While Raising Kids

The importance of parents looking after their health

Raising children is one of the most challenging things in life. It's not easy to be a parent, as a new baby requires a round the clock attention and care. It's often said that parents make many sacrifices in order to raise a child.

One of those sacrifices though should not be parents health. It's important that parents look after their health and take steps to maintain it and preserve their wellbeing. This will ensure that they then give their full attention to good parenting.

Mother and father with a baby girl
Parental health is of paramount importance, not only for themselves
but also for the wellbeing of their children.

Parents Health Issues

Here are some of the most common health issues that parents have to deal with in general and especially when rasining their children. As a parent, pay proper attention to these and you will find it easier to handle all of your parental responsibilities.

1) The Lack of Sleep

Raising a child is the most demanding job. Babies often cry in the middle of the night and demand attention into the wee hours of the morning, even when you have a long day at work the next day. The lack of sleep could result in the lack of concentration at work, decrease in the IQ levels, health and emotional issues.

A woman trying to get some sleep on a couch
The lack of sleep can disrupt biological clock and cause health
and emotional problems. 
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Sleeplessness can also bring weight problems, which carries the risk of diabetes. As any parent knows, raising a baby is no easy task. You have to get enough sleep, in amongst all the work and responsibilities of parenting. So, make sure you sleep well at least for a few hours every night.

2) The Lack of Exercise

When you're busy raising your newly born child, you might forget to take your morning walk, which might have been part of your morning routine for many years before. Although bringing up your baby will keep you busy, you should re-acquiant yourself with some form of regular exercise. Even just pushing your baby trolley up and down the street will do you a lot of good.

A person sitting on a bicycle
Taking care of your newborn can result in you missing out
on some other parts of your routine, such as exercise,
resulting in poor physical condition.

Lack of regular exercise can cause problems such as weight gain, muscle atrophy, weakness, lack of energy, inflexibility and loss of balance. In the long run, inactivity can lead to more serious afflictions and chronic diseases like heart problems and type 2 diabetes. Giving a birth to a child is the happiest thing in the life, but you should include some form of exercise in your daily routine to keep you happy and healthy.

3) Dietary Problems

Feeding your baby or child is a top priority. However, you also must ensure that your eating habits maintain a certain regularity. Having regular meals is one of the cornerstones of good health. So, just as you make sure that your baby or child is fed properly, do the same for yourself.

A person eating fried fish with vegetables
When your baby or a child is a top priority, sometime you default on
your own
good habits, such as regular eating.  (Image: Pixabay)

Irregular eating habits can result in health issues of being overweight, high blood pressure or hypertension, increased body fat, heart disease and thyroid problems. It's also important to avoid binge eating with your child, be it excessive snacking, sweets, ice cream, pizzas, etc. It's best to maintain a specific timetable for your meals, which will include a lot of vegetables and fruits in the diet.

4) Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder is an increasing problem globally and it is a common issue among parents. Anxiety could range from anything like worrying if your child is not eating well or if your child is suffering from some kind of the disease.

Don't panic - fight or flight syndrome
Sometime when your face so many parenthood pressures,
it could lead to
anxiety disorders and panic attacks. (Image: Pixabay)

I mean all parents worry about their child, but anxiety disorder is something different and not to be taken lightly. There have been increasing reports of parents having anxiety disorders that are usually related to some serious health issues, as a trigger.

It's not always easy, but keep a positive mental attitude, as part of caring for your own health. When the problems arise, talk them over with someone experienced, like your own parents, or professionals who can help you. Better to "nip it in the bud", then hope it will go away.

5) Lack of Sex Life

Sex life is very important to sustain a long term relationship. But with the newborn baby and accompanying complexity of parental responsibilities, it's often hard to maintain a healthy sex life. Parenthood can result in a lack of sexual intimacy, causing both partners to feel less desired. This leads to potential emotional issues.

A parent looking at the baby
Parental responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain a healthy sex
resulting in both parents feeling less desirable. (Image: Pixabay)

Both parents therefore must put more effort into staying intimate and finding the right moments for their own intimacy and sexual needs. A long term abstinence can cause a negative view of not only one's partner, but also sex itself. In reality, if both partners make more effort in being close, they will find that sex is also a great way to get rid of stress, good exercise and provides a boost to one's physical and psychological wellbeing and health.

Giving birth to a child and raising the child is the most full filling moment in any parent’s life. But it’s the duty of the parents to look after their own health, too, so that they can look after and raise their children.

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