6 Tips For Successful Health Talk For Children

Health talk for children
Health talk for children

How do you successfully handle a health talk for children?



Health talk is very, very important in our world today.

It is equally important when it comes to the aspect of taking care of children.

In this blog post, we are going to be looking at some things concerning health talk.

We will also look at six critical tips in conducting health talks for children.

Why Are Health Talks Necessary For Children?

Someone may ask, “Are children not still young, or is it not too early to start having held talks for them?”

However, health talks are very important for children because of the following reasons

1) Health talks make them able to understand better how their bodies function better.

2) Health talks help children to develop good habits that are beneficial to them.

These habits guide them not only through their childhood, but as they grow.

It is very important that children start picking up good health habits when they are small.

It becomes easier to carry on when they have grown and it will even help them more to live a healthy lifestyle.

3) Health talks help children in their mental and emotional lives.

What these health talks do is that they help the children in certain areas that may affect them mentally and emotionally.

This includes stress, anxiety and self esteem.

So when these these talks go on, especially with their parents or their caregivers, it helps them to prepare in advance for when they are going to meet, such as situations of stress, so that they will know how to deal with them.

4) Health talks make the children to be open to both their parents and their caregivers because in this health talks they can virtually talk about anything.

It makes the children to be able to easily come back to their parents or caregivers when they are faced with some situations which will include embarrassing situations.

They will not be afraid to come, knowing that their parents or caregivers are willing to talk with them and also bring a solution to whatever challenges they are facing.

Health talks are actually very important when we look at it in the life of the children. Health talks are also beneficial to the parents.

Tips For A Successful Health Talk For Children

In order to carry out a successful health talk with children, there are some tips you need to note.

This is very important for teachers, parents and caregivers who will deliver this health talk to the children.

1) Use The Language That Is Appropriate For Their Ages.

Children are of different ages and are at different stages of development.

So they understand some things or concepts don’t understand others.

This is very important especially for the adults.

You’re’re going to ensure that the language you use for these children are what they can understand at their age.

Using very big grammar or very hard to understand words will make things difficult.

You are not trying to impress anybody with your oratory skills. You are rather trying to bring these things down to the level that they can understand.

If you can explain something quite well to a child, you can certainly explain that thing to anybody else for that matter.

So you are going to make sure that it’s not the same way you teach or the same languages you use for older children that you’re going to use for the younger ones.

There will definitely be some difference.

2) Make The Health Talk To Be Interactive.

Children have short attention span and they react better to images, videos and games.

So in order to get the attention of the children as well as to be able to pass your message across very well, you’re going to make that health talk quite interactive.

You need to turn it into something that children can relate to.

You need to make it engaging.

You can use games as well as visuals.

Introduce fun activities that the children will be excited taking part in.

You can also bring a human model and teach the children so will be better able to understand it than when you just talk abstract.

Make demonstrations as much as necessary.

3) Use Real Life Examples.

Make use of real life examples.

Like we’ve said earlier, children like what they see. So if a child sees something, he is more able to put that or commit it into memory than when it is abstract.

When you teach them about some things, look for the real life examples or the real life situations and have it demonstrated to them.

This way they’ll be able to learn better and is going to seek very well.

4) Be A Good Listener And Exercise Patience.

Children are very wonderful humans.

In order to work very well with them, you require a very large dose of patience.

You’re going to need this when you’re having your health talk.

Some may ask you questions over and over again.

Some may not understand what you are saying at first.

Some may even be asking or saying things that are not even connected with what you are teaching them.

Again, some will talk when they are supposed to listen.

In all, listen to them.

Listening to them will help you to know how much they have assimilated what you have taught them.

You need to be patient and hear these children out.

Allow them to ask questions or even express their feelings concerning the topics you are teaching them. This will help them build their self esteem too.

5) Practice What You Teach Them.

It’s very wonderful to tell children what to do.

For instance, wash your hands, don’t talk while eating, and so on.

However, what we don’t realize is that most times when we act, children are watching.

So beyond what you say they have already seen who you really are or what you are doing.

They are more likely to copy what they see you do.

If you’re setting up health talks for these children, you really need to be sure that beyond the health talk and all the things you have advised them to do, you also do them and that you also avoid the things you tell them to avoid.

For instance, when we talk of healthy diet, regular exercise, good hygiene, these are things that you really should be doing or should be part of you before you can teach the children


6) Make It Fun And Exciting So Children Will Be Able To Follow And Understand Better

Children are willing to learn from you if you make the teaching something that they can talk about, ask questions, have games around the topic.

This is going to make your teaching interesting.

What are the topics for health talk for children?

So we are going to look at some of this.

Before we do, it is important to note the role the parents play in these children’s health.

Most of the children are under their parents or guardians who perform oversight functions on them.

Some of the topics for health talk for children:

1) Nutrition

Nutrition is very important when it comes to health.

Right from when a child is born, he begins to breastfeed

The mother is encouraged, in many parts of the world, to exclusively breastfeed the newborn baby, at least for the first six months.

After that, the child starts getting introduced to the food of the family and the community.

When we talk of nutrition, things to talk about include explaining the different nutrients in the body and what they give and also how to make healthy food choices.

Children need to be taught to eat healthy.

2) Exercise

Exercise is very important.

When we talk of maintenance of health, exercise has a lot of beneficial effects.

It is not too early to include exercise in health talk for children and how it helps them develop well.

So the person teaching them and tell them the benefits of exercise should note that it is not the same kind of exercise you expect an adult to embark on that you also expect a child to do.

Everything is according to their capacity or capability.

3) Hygiene

Hygiene is very important when we talk of good health.

We cannot remove hygiene from the things that make for good health.

During health talk for children, we need to teach the children, especially about handwashing, how to take care of their teeth, nails, hair, as well as other aspects of personal hygiene.

They also need to understand the importance of hygiene in disease prevention and making sure that they are fit and healthy.

4) Mental health

As the children grow up, they begin to face issues with anxiety, stress and so on.

These are some of the discussions that can be embarked on.

The teacher needs to bring it down to the level of the children can understand the stress they face at home or in school.

Stress, anxiety, self esteem and how to handle their emotions can be dealt with at this stage.

5) First Aid

First aid has to do with the care that is given to someone at the point that the person has undergone an injury.

Health talk for children should include the basics of first aid according to their level.

They should be taught to call for help as well as how to be called for help when they come across someone who has an injury.

6) Safety

Safety is very important when it comes to health talk for children.

Some of the things that safety areas you can look at include

A) why they need to use the seat belt when they get into car

B) why they need to look left, right, left before attempting to cross a road

C) why they should hold the person walking or taking them home

D) why they should not talk to strangers

7) Importance of sleep


It is very important to note that health talk is not just for adults alone. Health talk for children is equally important.

You can have health talks with children. It is even more rewarding as they tend to assimilate faster and develop habits faster.


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