Now more than ever, keeping your children healthy over the holidays is the number one priority for many parents.
Establishing good health habits with your children can help them avoid common issues in adulthood, such as chronic headaches and back pain. If you are already experiencing back pain, ThriveMD has some information about new treatments you can try.
It can be more difficult to stay healthy when routines change during the holiday season. Here are five tips to help keep your kids in good health over the holidays.
1. Keep Regular Schedules
It can be tempting to let your kids stay up all night since they don’t have any school obligations, but keeping them on their regular schedule is essential.
Eventually, your kids will return to school, and it can take time to get them back to their sleep routines. Poor sleep can lead to crankiness, headaches, and a general unwell feeling.
2. Wash Hands Often
Winter is always associated with flu season, but this year the added threat of COVID-19 has made it more critical than ever to wash your hands often. Keeping your hands clean can reduce the amount of bacteria spread through touch as well as the amount of outside germs that make it inside your home.
Take at least 20 seconds to wash your hands each time you come inside, before making food, and after using the restroom.
3. Keep Warm and Dry
When it’s cool outside, we have to take extra steps to keep ourselves and our kids dry and warm. This is especially tough when it snows; kids love to play in the snow, but it can make their clothes wet.
The longer they stay in wet clothes, the easier it will be for them to catch a chill. Make sure your kids change clothes when they come inside from a fun time outdoors in the snow.
4. Eat Well
It’s easy to let good eating habits fall by the wayside during the holidays. It’s essential, however, to keep nutrition top of mind to keep your kids’ immune systems functioning properly. In addition to their favorite holiday meals, make sure your kids are still getting enough fruits and vegetables to create a well-rounded diet.
5. Keep Up-To-Date on Vaccines
When flu season comes around, you’ll start to see your local pharmacies put out notices about updating your flu vaccine. Now is an excellent time to visit your doctor and your kids’ pediatricians to make sure everyone is up-to-date on any vaccines. Keeping your kids vaccinated is the best thing you can do to ensure their health over the holidays.
Keeping up with your kids’ health can be a daunting task, but these tips will help you get started this holiday season.