Keeping kids healthy is no easy task. We completely understand that parents are doing everything they can to keep your kids out of the doctor's offices and clinics, but it just doesn't always work out. With the exposure to germs that children get at daycare and school, it can feel impossible to keep them healthy and virus free. Here are a few tips that may help decrease the number of sick days for your family this year.
Yes, we all want our children to sleep more, but the reality is that your entire family needs rest to stay healthy. If children are keeping parents awake night after night, the whole family could very likely end up sick. Establish a routine when it comes to bedtime every night. Kids should be going to be early and waking up early. Children tend to sleep better when they are on a regular schedule and getting more sleep. Overtired and exhausted kids actually have trouble sleeping through a night. Make sleep a priority in your home.
2. Get Kids Outside
The great outdoors is often overlooked in today's busy world. The importance of children playing outside cannot be stressed enough. In addition to the mental and physical benefits of outside play, it is less likely that children will pass germs along when playing outside.
As hard as it is to get kids to sit down and eat a healthy breakfast, this can be a significant factor in their bodies' ability to fight off colds and illnesses. If you have really picky eaters, try to incorporate a breakfast smoothie of some kind, at least. Sneak in some fruits and vegetables high in nutrients, and your kids will think it is just a morning treat.
4. Hand Washing
No child is too young to learn the importance and technique of proper handwashing. Teaching kids to wash their hands is not a complicated process, and it can be made fun. Establishing routines as to when a child should wash their hands is extremely important. If you stay consistent, children will start to think before placing their hands in their mouths or before eating a meal without washing their hands. This simple task could save your family from some severe illness.
If you feel as though your child's diet is not adequately developed and there are gaps as far as vitamins and minerals are concerned, you may want to supplement with a multivitamin. Consult your child's pediatrician before starting on a vitamin regime. There are natural supplements and boosters as well, but make sure they are appropriately portioned for the child and their size/age.
Keeping kids completely healthy for an entire year is a fantastic accomplishment. The chances are that at one point or another, a visit to your local clinic will be necessary. However, if you are implementing a healthy lifestyle for children, then their recovery time will be considerably lessened. At PrimeCare Clinic, we are always here to help should you or your family need it.