How to Keep Kids Healthy This Winter

Posted by: , December 29, 2014 in 5:20 pm


sick kidsEven though there hasn’t been much snow, we are in the thick of winter. While the kids are anticipating snow days and ice skating, parents are bracing for flu season. Some say it’s inevitable, but by staying on top of your household you may be able to prevent all those winter illnesses.  Here our 7 tips for keeping those runny noses at bay…

HEALTHY EATING

Avoid processed foods high in preservatives. Encourage whole foods; 5 servings of fruits and veggies. Push immunity boosting snacks like oranges, carrots and green beans. Kids need a diet rich in nutrients to fight infections. Give them the tools to win that battle!

SLEEP

Kids need tons of sleep. Toddlers require 12-14 hours, children 3-6 years old need 10-12 hours, and 7-12 years old need 11 hours per day. Do not gyp your kids on their sleep in the winter season. Studies have show that sleep deprivation can make you susceptible to illness by lowering your immunity.

KEEP WARM

Make sure everyone in the family is dressed appropriately for the colder weather. Bundle up with warm jackets, mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves if needed. It’s okay to be outside for long periods of time as long as you are prepared.

WASH YOUR HANDS

It is estimated that children who do not wash their hands miss more school than those that do. Teach your kids to wash hands before and after meals, after coughing or sneezing, and after using the restroom. Having wipes and anti-bacterial lotion around can be helpful too.

STAY AWAY FROM GERMS

If someone in the family is sick try and keep them away from everyone else. The last thing you need is it spreading through the house. Don’t send your kids back to school until it’s been 24 hours without fever or vomiting. If you follow the rules, everyone else will.

DON’T RELY ON ANTIBIOTICS

Making your pediatrician write a prescription for antibiotics every time your child is sick is not a good idea. Antibiotics treat only bacterial infections and most child illnesses are caused by viruses. Strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are flourishing. Only take antibiotics if the doctor thinks it might be bacterial.

EXERCISE

Regular activity for your kids sets them up for a lifelong fitness habit. Exercise has been shown to make kids stronger thus enable them to fight off sickness easier. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t be active. Ice skating, sledding, skiing, and even snow ball fights, will keep everyone moving. Exercise as a family and show your kids the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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