National Child Health Day - October
Mon, Oct 2, 2023

National Child Health Day

Child Health Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October to raise awareness about the most important health issues that affect children. This day serves as a reminder for adults to show due attention and care for the younger generation.


The holiday was officially established in 1928, initiated by the American Federation and sororities. It was first celebrated in May, but in 1960 was moved to October. Up until the 19th century, treatment of children was mainly done at home and diseases were not given much attention. By 1890, children’s hospitals were created primarily to take in abandoned babies and children from very poor families.

Interesting facts

  • Ice cream can be eaten with a cold, despite the popular belief that it causes sore throat.
  • Sea vacations are the best for providing children with enough Vitamin D.
  • Holding a toad will not cause warts.
  • 82% of children in America are considered to be healthy.
  • Yogurt and applesauce, which are commonly considered as harmless treats, can potentially harm the body.

How to take part

Adults can take part in Child Health Day by organizing at least one day a week devoted to physical activities for children. This is a perfect opportunity to show them that exercise can be fun and beneficial. Additionally, families should rethink their diet and introduce more healthy meals. Finally, donations to charitable foundations are always welcome and will certainly be appreciated.

When is National Child Health Day celebrated in 2023?

National Child Health Day is observed on the first Monday in October each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 2 2023
Monday October 7 2024
Monday October 6 2025
Monday October 5 2026