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This, He Won’t Outgrow

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health at 2:06 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
BoyAs your child grows into adulthood, he will leave behind much of what you currently see in him, much of what defines his youth. His sweet voice will evolve into the deep timber of a man’s. His naïve innocence will be replaced with realistic awareness. And his dependence on you will transform into self-reliance. But much of what is there will also remain. He won’t lose his sense of humor, his intelligence, his empathy, his sociability, his twinkling brown eyes, his quick smile or, unfortunately, his cardiovascular concerns.

A study of more than 800 children over 30 years found that those who had metabolic syndrome in youth were infinitely more likely to have it in adulthood. They were also 13 times more likely to have heart disease and 6.5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The troubles that had plagued them in youth followed them into adulthood, making their health-potential much less than what it could have been.

To ensure that your baby boy grows into a strong, healthy man, take a closer look at his health now. Assess, first and foremost, his weight. If he is still growing, the pounds should continue to increase, but in line with the inches. If his height barely budges, his waist should follow suit. If he’s finished growing, not about to get any taller, he shouldn’t get any wider either. And of course, if he is currently obese or largely overweight, you may want to consider a weight-loss program. Talk to his doctor about what would be best and while you’re there, have the doctor check out your son’s blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and insulin levels. If they’re high, you need to work on lowering them.

Your child should only take the good things into adulthood, not the bad. See that he does.

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