Parents can find health programmes and support for their children as well as health clinics in different locations in Bermuda, depending on the child’s age. In all emergency situations, take your children to the hospital.
Nutrition for children
Nutrition is vital for good health, growth, and mental development. Childhood is the best time to acquire good eating habits. The Government of Bermuda encourages healthy eating with its Healthy Schools Nutrition Policy and gives parents tips on how to prepare healthy school lunches for their children.
You can also set a good example early by packing healthy lunches for toddlers and preschoolersand by encouraging happy meal times from an early age.
Not sure how much to feed your baby? The Department of Health guides you through the first 12 months in the ““Feeding your baby” pamphlet .
The Government of Bermuda provides free fluoride supplements for all children. These supplements are available at nurseries, preschools, and primary schools, and from your pediatrician or at any Department of Health clinics.
Children should be given the following dosage of fluoride as a daily supplement:
0-6 months old: no supplement
6-18 months old: one drop of liquid fluoride
18-24 months old: two drops of liquid fluoride
2-3 years old: one tablet or two drops
3-5 years old: one 0.5 milligram tablet
6-16 years old: one 1.0 milligram tablet
Television and kids
By the time the average Bermudian child reaches 18, he or she will have spent 50 per cent more time watching television than in the classroom. Spending too much time in front of the TV raises the chances of obesity, which can in turn lead to health issues.