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Friday, February 7, 2014

10 Winter Health Tips for Children

Keeping Children Healthy Through Winter

Cold and flu season is upon us. Help your children avoid getting sick this year by following these ten winter health tips.

1. Wash Your Hands Frequently

Make sure your children wash frequently with soap and water, not just hand sanitizer. Teach them to rub their hands together, clean under their fingernails and wash for at least thirty seconds.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet

Your children’s bodies need fuel in order to fight off all the germs they will encounter. Make sure your children eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies and that they get enough fiber and vitamin C.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep

A tired body cannot fight off sickness as well as one that is well-rested. Make sure your children shut off the electronics early and get to bed on time.

4. Get Some Fresh Air

A little sunshine and fresh air is essential for good health. Make sure your children get a little fresh air every day, even when it is cold outside. Twenty minutes should be long enough on cold days.

5. Exercise

While the park might not be a good wintertime option, do not allow your children to lay on the couch with their electronics all winter long. Take them sledding, to an indoor fun zone or sign them up for indoor sports.

6. Get a Flu Shot

If your family seems to come down with a bad case of the flu every year, save yourselves some misery by getting the flu shot ahead of time.

7. Don’t Overuse Antibiotics

Do not run to the doctor every time your child has the sniffles. Antibiotics only work on bacteria, so they are actually defenseless against colds and flus, both of which are caused by viruses.

8. Breastfeed, if Possible

While not all women can or want to breastfeed, those who do give their babies a large dose of illness-fighting antibodies every time they nurse.

9. Stay Home When Sick

While missing work and school is inconvenient, you really should stay home with your kids when they are sick to avoid the spread of germs to those around you.

10. Keep Hands and Objects Away from Your Face

Many children have a bad habit of putting their hands and other objects in their mouths, nose and eyes. Teach your children to keep all objects away from their faces so germs cannot find a way in.

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