by: Mt. Calvary Admin
Parish Nurse/ Health Ministry
“…let us not [only] love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
In May we celebrated the women in our lives, in June the men in our lives, and now in July let us celebrate the children in our lives. If we are about the celebration of children then we need to also help him celebrate health- physical, mental and emotional, and spiritual. King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
According to the dictionary, “train” means, “to develop or form the habits, thoughts, or behavior by discipline and instruction.” Other words for “train” are words like “aim”, “focus”, “target”, “zero in on”. I believe this verse is inviting you to simply aim your child in the right direction. Remember that children are sponges, they see and do as we do. We need to help them learn to celebrate their physical, mental and emotional, and spiritual health. How do we do that? By reading Bible stories, seeing that they attend church, Sunday school, and Bible school. We teach them to pray, pray with them and for them. Help them learn to cope with the good and not so good days of life. We set the example by having healthy relationships with others. Teach him/her to play and have fun; enjoy the life God has given us.
We see that they have physical health as well:
- Yearly wellness physical examination (including skin screening) by a health care professional.
- Regular blood tests for thyroid function, blood glucose levels, cholesterol, blood counts if indicated.
- Yearly vision screening.
- Yearly dental screening and cleaning.
- Updated immunizations:
- Roto virus before 6 months
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- Hemophilus influenza type B (Hib)
- Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus- every 10 years.
- Meningococcal (Meningitis)
- Influenza yearly.
- Human Papilloma virus (HPV) (between the ages of 13-26)
- Hepatitis A and B
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17, ESV)
Carolyn D. Pauling PhD RN