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Keeping your child's brain healthy

Children’s brains are amazing – so it’s important to keep them that way! Here are a few simple things you and your child can slip into your daily routine to help protect and look after your brains. Not only will this help you all feel healthier and happy now, but it’ll also help reduce the risk of diseases that lead to dementia.

Diseases that lead to dementia are driven by many factors. Some of these we can’t change, such as our family history and genetics, but many we can. Here’s how.

Protecting your brain the 'STARS' way

Did you know there are as many connections between brain cells as there are stars in the galaxy? So Brain Health Scotland have come up with the ‘STARS’ way of looking after your brain and helping your child protect their brain.

Looking after your own brain health

All the things you can do to help your child's brain health, you can also do for yourself, like:

  • Taking regular exercise that gets your heart pumping
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Staying connected to people and learning new things.

Visit the Brain Health Scotland website to find out more.

Find out more

You can find out more about brain health and STARS and download a helpful parents’ guide on the Brain Health Scotland website.

Babies' brain health

You are one of the most important people to build your baby’s brain. Simple things like chatting to them, playing with them and comforting them can all help their little brains develop. Our section on wellbeing for wee ones has lots of tips to help you engage with your baby.

And did you know that research has shown that breastfeeding can also help improve your baby’s brain development? You can find out more about the benefits of breastfeeding here.

Last updated: 17 Aug, 2023