National Child Health Day

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Here's a toast to the most underrated superheroes in the universe, no, not the Avengers, I meant children! National Child Health Day, a day held in high honor to celebrate the wonder and magic of our little champions, is the star of our article today. So strap in your seatbelts, or should I say highchairs, as we take you on a fun-filled journey full of giggles and childlike wonder.

When is Child Health Day?

It's national child health day on the 2nd October.

The Coo's and Crawl's of National Child Health Day

Often overshadowed by 'bring your child to work day' - because who doesn't love their office getting turned into a kindergarten – National Child Health Day holds its own significance. In 1928, observed every first Monday in October, Calvin Coolidge (a President with arguably the coolest last name, pun intended) introduced this day, aiming to raise awareness about improving the health and well-being of children.

Jump to 02 Oct 2017, and the internet was buzzing like a baby with a new toy, with 2239 mentions of National Child Health Day. Quite clearly, Coolidge's brainchild (see what I did there?) had left a mark on the virtual world! Everything from healthy recipes to ba-lifestyle advice was being shared - all in the name of keeping the kids in prime health!

Why Do We Celebrate it?

Health is inarguably our greatest treasure. And who to better invest this treasure in than our future - the children. National Child Health Day is a national check-up reminder, a nudge to ensure our little ones are growing up hale and hearty.

How Do We Celebrate it?

Who knew being healthy could be this fun?! From organizing children's marathon to indulging them in sports activities, to simply tucking into a plateful of vegetables cunningly disguised in a fun shape, this day sees a host of healthy, yet fun activities. Talk about teaching children and having fun at the same time!

In Conclusion

Here's to ensuring our tiny tots grow into healthy and happy human beings. After all, they are our future Nobel laureates, world leaders, or perhaps the next big stand-up comedian! So let us take a pledge this National Child Health Day to invest in their health. After all, as they say, the greatest gift you can give someone is health!

History behind the term 'Child Health'


The Birth of Child Health

In the year 1901, the concept of child health emerged as a distinct field of study and practice. Dr. Abraham Jacobi, a renowned pediatrician, coined the term 'child health' to emphasize the importance of focusing specifically on the health and well-being of children. This marked a significant shift in healthcare, acknowledging that children have unique medical needs that differ from adults.


Establishment of National Child Health Day

In 1921, National Child Health Day was established in the United States. As the first observance dedicated to child health, this annual day aimed to raise awareness about the importance of providing comprehensive healthcare to children. The focus was on preventive care, nutrition, hygiene, and access to medical services. National Child Health Day continues to be observed on the first Monday in October each year.


Advancements in Child Health Research

The 1960s witnessed significant advancements in child health research. This decade marked the discovery of the first effective vaccine against polio, a crippling disease that primarily affected children. The development of vaccines revolutionized public health and contributed to a decline in numerous childhood diseases, subsequently improving child health outcomes globally.


Declaration of Alma-Ata

In 1974, the international community took a major step towards prioritizing child health with the adoption of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. This declaration, by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), aimed to ensure 'Health for All' by the year 2000. It highlighted the importance of primary healthcare, including comprehensive child health services, as a fundamental right for all individuals.


Child Survival Revolution and Millennium Development Goals

The 1990s saw the launch of the Child Survival Revolution, a global initiative aimed at reducing child mortality rates. This initiative prioritized essential interventions such as immunization, improved nutrition, and access to clean water and sanitation. Subsequently, in 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals, which included targets for child health, with a focus on reducing child mortality and improving overall health and well-being.


Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations introduced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a comprehensive framework to address global challenges. Goal 3 of the SDGs focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all, including specific targets for child health. These goals have further reaffirmed the significance of child health as a critical component of sustainable development and have galvanized efforts to improve the health and well-being of children worldwide.

Did you know?

Did you know that National Child Health Day was first observed in May? It was later moved to October to accommodate another equally important celebration - Mother's Day!


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First identified

19th September 2015

Most mentioned on

2nd October 2017

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