As a parent, you want nothing more than for your children to be healthy and happy. But sometimes, despite your best efforts, colds and cases of flu make their way around the family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, children between the ages of five and fourteen get sick with the flu about three to four times a year.
There are things you can do, however, to help reduce the chances of your children getting sick in the first place and help them recover more quickly if they do falls ill. Here are some tips for keeping your children healthy all year round.
1. Wash Those Hands!
One of the simplest-and most effective-ways to keep your children healthy is by teaching them to wash their hands regularly and properly. Make sure they know to scrub all over, including under the nails, for at least 20 seconds. It’s also important to remind them to wash their hands after using the restroom, before eating, and after playing outside. You can also help by keeping hand sanitizer in the house and/or in your purse or diaper bag when you’re on the go.
If your child is old enough, teach them how to properly cough or sneeze into their elbow to help prevent the spread of germs. This will also help to keep their hands clean. They can also wear a face mask if they are sick to help prevent the spread of germs to others.
2. Schedule Regular Check-Ups
Make sure to take your children for regularly scheduled check-ups with the pediatrician. These well-child visits are essential for ensuring your child is on track developmentally and is up-to-date on all vaccinations. These visits are also an excellent time to ask the doctor any questions you may have about your child’s health.
Choose a clinic with medical diagnostic testing equipment so your child can get any necessary tests done in one visit. This will save you time and money in the long run. These tests can help to identify any potential health problems early on so that they can be treated quickly and effectively. If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, follow up with their specialist regularly.
3. Boost Their Immunity with Foods & Supplements
Did you know that certain foods and supplements can help boost your child’s immunity? Incorporating these into their diet is a great way to keep them healthy all winter. Some immunity-boosting foods include citrus fruits, leafy greens, yogurt, garlic, and ginger. You can also give them daily vitamin C or probiotic supplements to help fight off sickness.
But don’t forget that hydration is essential, too! Make sure your children are drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will help flush out toxins and keep their bodies functioning properly. They can also sip on warm teas or chicken soup when they feel under the weather. You can also make your own immunity-boosting chicken soup by adding some extra ingredients, such as garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
4. Keep Them Active
Staying active is not only good for physical health but mental health as well. Kids need to get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. This can be in the form of organized sports, free play, or even just playing tag in the backyard. Getting those kiddos up and moving will help keep them healthy-inside and out!
Because more children are inactive nowadays, there has been an increase in childhood obesity. This can lead to many health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Help your child avoid these issues by ensuring they get plenty of exercise daily. Taking them for walks, bike rides, or hikes is a great way to get some fresh air and quality family time, too.
5. Get Them Outside
Spending time outdoors can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. And what better way to get some vitamin D than by soaking up the sun? Children are typically outside more in the summertime, but that doesn’t mean they should be indoors all winter. Make an effort to get them outside every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Let them play in the snow, build a snowman, or go for a nature walk. Just being in nature can work wonders for their mental and physical health.
You can do many simple things to ensure your children are always healthy. From teaching them proper hand-washing techniques to boosting their immunity with foods and supplements, these tips will help you keep your kids happy and healthy all year long. Always consult with a trusted medical professional if you have any concerns about your child’s health.
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