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Investing in a child’s mind early on

When does a family prepare for the arrival of a baby? If you want to invest in your child’s mind to make it work well, you need to invest early. If you’re just starting out when you’re investing in a good school for your child, it may already be too late.

The investment should start even before your child is conceived.

One of the most important decisions you must make is choosing a partner who is committed to raising children with you. Raising children is a great responsibility. It will affect your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Therefore, raising children will be easier with someone who is responsible and committed enough to do this with you.

Now, if you’re a single parent and you’re reading this book don’t worry, I just said it’s easier. Of course, it is still possible to raise children without help, but it will take a lot of work and a good support system to do so. I have friends who were raised by single parents and they turned out to be wonderful and successful people.

It is important that during our youth, even before having children, we stay healthy and make good lifestyle choices. All the things we do affect our genetic makeup. Since eggs and sperm are cells and are what you need to have babies, they are also affected by the decisions we make that would eventually affect our children.

In addition to taking good care of your body by eating good food, avoiding alcohol, cigarette smoke, and drug use, you should keep your vaccination up-to-date against Hepatitis B, Tetanus, HPV, and German measles. Infections that occur especially during pregnancy can influence the future of the fetus and child.

One of the preventable causes of developmental delay is German measles caused by the rubella virus. I am thankful to my pediatric residency program in North Carolina because before our training they took a blood sample to see if we had the German measles infection before and if not, they gave us the German measles vaccine. Why is this so important? German measles doesn’t have much of an effect for you and me, however it could have a profound effect on a developing fetus. There was a pregnant health worker who was infected with the German measles virus. He developed a rash and fever and finally got better. However, her baby was seriously affected. He turned out to have a developmental delay, that means he was delayed in walking and talking, had a heart problem, had eye problems, and had a hearing problem. This condition is called congenital rubella syndrome. A condition like this could have been prevented if you had received the German measles vaccine before becoming pregnant. How much would you pay for your child’s brain to work well? Investing starts very early. The sooner you take care of yourself, the better it will be for your baby.

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