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Importance of Your Child’s Heart and Circulatory System and How to Take Care of It

Importance of Your Child’s Heart and Circulatory System and How to Take Care of It

Our heart is a miraculous organ.  With each heartbeat in our body, blood is sent throughout our body.  Blood carries the essential nutrients and oxygen necessary to replenish every cell in our system.  For growing children, the health of their heart is crucial.  A healthy heart enables your child to lead an active life.

 

The circulatory system is made up of the heart and blood vessels.  This including arteries, veins, and capillaries. Our bodies have two circulatory systems: The pulmonary circulation – this is a short loop from the heart to the lungs and back again, and the systemic circulation which sends blood from the heart to all the other parts of our bodies and back again.

 

The heart is the main organ in our circulatory system. As a hollow, muscular pump, its core function is to propel blood throughout the body.  The heart beats from 60 to 100 times per minute, but can go much faster when needed.   For your child’s heart to function properly, regular physical exercises are required.

 

The heart receives messages from the body that tells it when to pump more or less blood depending on the child’s needs. When your child is sleeping, it pumps just enough to provide for the lower amounts of oxygen needed by your child’s body which is at rest. When your child is running or scared, the heart pumps faster to increase the delivery of oxygen.

 

Why is this important knowledge for parents with young children?

Growing children need a well-functioning circulatory system to keep up with their active lifestyle.  Here are a few tips to take care of your children’s heart and circulatory system:

 

  • Enable children to get plenty of exercise
  • Make sure your children eat a nutritious diet
  • Ensure that children are maintaining a healthy weight
  • Schedule regular medical checkups are the best ways to help keep the heart healthy
  • Enforce good sleeping habits in children

 

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