As winter illnesses are making their way across the classroom, it’s important to take extra precaution to keep yourself and your little ones healthy at home this winter. While you can’t completely germ-proof your child or your family, these tips can help you keep your family healthier this season.
- Get more ZZZ’s. Research shows that adequate sleep can help children fight obesity, illness, and can also help kids perform better in school.
- Elbows up! Encourage your children to cough and sneeze into their elbow crease, not their hands which spreads germs even more.
- Limit Stress. A study found that 13 out of 100 children experience some type of anxiety disorder and many more are simply stressed out. Reduce stress with regular physical activity, implementing a daily routine, encouraging positive sleep habits, or engage in one of these stress-free family activities.
- Did you know that physical activity can boost your immune system? It’s true! Encourage your child to bundle up and play outside, or head on over to your local The Little Gym for some indoor activity.
- Hug more. Increased levels of oxytocin from hugs can help strengthen your child’s immune system which ultimately helps to fight infections.
- Healthy family meals. Healthy family meals that contain a variety of fruits and vegetables that contain immunity-boosting nutrients that can help keep you and your little ones healthy. If your child is not too fond of certain healthy foods, try adding them to sauces, smoothies, or soups to ensure your child is still getting the nutrients they need.
- This goes without saying, but it’s important to wash your hands often. Scrub hands in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. For little ones, sing a song to make it more fun. For moments when you’re not by a sink, keep hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes on hand.