While we may talk about “flu season” once January and February roll around, the truth is that with kids, every season is “sick season.” Between allergies, summer camps, and back-to-school, there are lots of ways for kids to get sick.
Here are some tips on keeping your kids healthy throughout each season of the year:
The warming temperatures and melting ice can only mean one thing—the start of spring. Taking your kids outside to walk, run, and play will help keep them healthy this season. Exercise is beneficial to a strong immune system, and getting outside will help boost their energy levels.
Be careful about how you dress the kiddos though. Spring temperatures can be unpredictable as the weather slowly warms up. Dress them in layers so they’re not too warm or too cold, and make sure they have a raincoat or umbrella for those spring showers!
The melting snow and blooming plants also bring allergy season. It seems that each spring, just about everyone you know is coughing and sneezing as pollen coats their cars and houses. Nature’s Jeannie® All Natural Throat Care Spray for Kids ages 3+ uses all natural ingredients to soothe itchy throats, reduce inflammation and loosen mucus. It’s perfect for alleviating the effects of springtime allergies.
With school out for summer, staying healthy should be easier than ever. There are certain issues that arise in the summertime that you’ll need to address to keep kids from getting sick.
First and foremost, you need to make sure your kids stay hydrated. The hot temperatures and increased time in the sun can lead to dehydration. Make sure kids drink plenty of water throughout the day, not just when they’re outside or thirsty. Staying in the heat too long can also increate the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Kids should take regular breaks from the sun and heat.
Summer is also the perfect time to get delicious vitamins and nutrients. While it’s the perfect time for ice cream cones, many fruits and vegetables are in-season, so make sure to eat plenty of delicious, fresh, healthy foods this time of year.
When it’s time to go back to school, kids are at a much higher risk of getting sick. They’re in classrooms and gymnasiums, and on playgrounds with tons of other kids. Kids tend to spread germs pretty quickly, so if one child gets sick, many others in the class or school will follow. Encourage kids to always wash their hands after using the bathroom, before and after playing outside, and before eating.
Getting enough sleep is especially important when getting back into the school routine. Between class, activities, homework, and playtime, sleep begins to take a backseat. Kids need a lot of shuteye to stay healthy and energetic, so make sleep a priority.
You should also make sure that your child is up to date on vaccinations. Vaccines not only help prevent your child from getting sick, they also prevent highly contagious viruses from spreading to other children, as well.
Winter is often thought of as flu season for both children and adults. Colds tend to run through entire families in January and February. To keep colds at bay, make sure that your kids are getting their vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C can help prevent sickness and is found in lots of fruits and vegetables, including oranges. Eating a balanced diet is crucial to maintaining good health.
You should often try to make sure your kids are still getting exercise in the winter. It’s a little tougher when the weather is so cold, but try having them participate in indoor sports and activities like hockey, gymnastics, or dance.
Do you have tips and tricks to keeping your little ones healthy throughout the year? Share in the comments section below! And, for more information about Nature’s Jeannie All Natural Throat Care Spray for kids click here!