The lessons and habits your child learns now will shape her health for the rest of her life. This section shows some of the ways you can help your child reach and maintain good health.
  • Provide your child with a healthy range of foods following recommendations in the Canada Health Guide.
  • Teach and model healthy eating habits and a positive body image.
  • Plenty of exercise is essential for healthy children. Give your child lots of opportunities for play, organized team and individual sports, and active living.
  • Keep your child’s immunization up to date.
  • Make regular visits to your family doctor, public health nurse, eye doctor, and dentist to help ensure your child’s hearing, vision, and teeth are developing properly.
  • Get prompt medical attention if your child is suffering from a serious illness.

Did you know?

British Columbia offers a 24-hour toll-free health information line at 8-1-1. Registered health professionals trained to provide medical advice over the phone staff this help line. If you have concerns about your child's health, you can call to speak to a nurse about symptoms of illness, health concerns, recommended courses of action, when to see a health professional, and further health resources.

HealthLink BC: Visit the website or dial 8-1-1 from anywhere in BC for more information.

Did you know? Vaccines save lives and prevent disease. Learn how your child can be immunized and when.