I love everything about this time of year, except cold & flu illnesses that seem to come with it. Cooler temperatures have people running the heater (which dries out nasal passages) and more people are indoors more packed in with other people, all leading to increased opportunities for getting sick! In August, I shared tips for a healthy, happy school year. So, I thought it would be a good time to share some tips for a healthy, happy winter season as well! After all of our medical stuff this fall (especially Baby Brother’s 1st hospital visit), I’m hoping to do everything I can to help keep everyone healthy this winter!
- Wash hands!!!!!! This is the 1st thing Big Brother needs to do after coming in the house! That can certainly help with germ spread around the house!
- Talk about germs! Since we can’t see “germs”, it can be a hard thing for kids to understand. But, talking to them about it is certainly a good place to start! Discuss the importance of washing hands, coughing into their arms (instead of hands), not sharing food & drinks with others, etc.
- Sleep. Most experts recommend 10–12 hours of sleep for elementary aged kids! Not getting enough sleep can impact their school performance as well as their immune system and health.
- Sunshine & Exercise. This one might be hard to come by depending on where you live, but getting a little bit of sunshine and time outdoors can really be good for you! Even if the weather keeps you from going outside, getting moving inside can be helpful.
- Lots of fruits & veggies! We live in a state that produces a lot of citrus, so it’s great for loading up on extra vitamin C during the winter.
- In addition to eating a healthy & balanced diet, adding a daily multivitamin (like L’il Critters gummy vitamins) might certainly be helpful.
- Keep them home from school if they are running a fever, have vomited recently or are having diarrhea! While a perfect attendance award is super fun, it’s not fun when it’s at the expense of infecting other students or risking your own child getting worse by picking up other germs!
- Get vaccinated. Consider getting the family vaccinated against the flu and making sure other childhood vaccines & adult boosters are up-to-date. Unfortunately where we live, there have been some recent pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks. So, definitely staying on top of vaccines for respiratory illnesses are important this time of year especially!
- Don’t over-schedule! There is SO much going on this time of year. Try not to overbook yourself, the kids, or the family as a whole. When everyone is stressed & frazzled, it seems the likelihood for getting sick increases.
- Find ways to de-stress as a family. In addition to not over-scheduling, find ways to de-stress and decompress as a family– have a family game night, read books in front of the fire or Christmas tree, have a relaxing & fun family movie night, etc. The more you can limit stress & have fun times together, the better! 🙂
What are YOUR tips for a healthy, happy winter season?
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