We made it approximately three days into fall before the kids got sick. Why is it so hard to keep kids healthy? What IS it with children's propensity to harvest all the germs? We've all been holed up on the couch for days on end, and it's been a real struggle for me with a ton of travel on my plate and a sinus infection that just won't quit.
I blame the baby. This kid puts everything in his mouth!
Fortunately, we haven't lived sheltered lives by any means, so the kids are slowly but surely building up their immune systems. By the time they reach kindergarten, they'll both be battling off bugs like Batman. Knock on wood.
Reliable Ways to Keep Kids Healthy
- Teach hygiene. Some Boy has been able to blow his own nose since before he turned two, and he can wash his hands like a pro. Encourage children to cover their mouths and use facial tissue to control the spread of germs and keep kids healthy..
- Minimize exposure. It sounds counter-intuitive, but we put a halt on most of our travel as the holiday season approaches. Getting on a plane right now just isn't the best idea. Enclosed space plus cold and flu season equals miserable times all around.
- Eat well. This is easier said than done, but I slip healthy food sources into my kids' meals through smoothies and soups. Once you hit the “puree” button, they'll never know what they're eating.
- Disinfect surfaces. I'm generally anti-antibacterial products, but they really do keep kids healthy during cold and flu season. Use a natural disinfectant to clean up after sick kiddos or visitors who could spread new germs into your home.
- Rest. Sleep is the enemy of sickness. Leave time for your kids to nap during the day to keep kids healthy, and make sure they get at least 10 hours of sleep per night. Minimize exciting activity too close to bedtime to make sure they're able to unwind.
- Drink up. My grandma used to say, “Fluid fights phlegm!” Stay hydrated to keep little bodies in peak condition with plenty of liquid to battle bugs through its mucus membranes.
- Exercise. Brief periods of outdoor activity helps keep kids healthy by getting their heart rate up, causing them to breathe in and out more rapidly and expel any built up fluid in their lungs.
- See a doctor regularly. Annual checkups can help keep kids healthy by detecting any underlying health issues that may make your child more susceptible to cold and flu.
- Minimize stress. Avoid disruptions at home and encourage your child to talk to you about any issues they may be dealing with in regards to school, friends, etc.
Do you have any tried-and-true tips to help keep kids healthy?
5 thoughts on “Being Sick Sucks. Here are 9 Tips to Keep Kids Healthy.”
What great tips! We just had two sick kids so this post is very apropro! Thank you so much! I will bookmark this post for future use- even though I hope they do not get sick again:)
We take lots of vitamins, drink plenty of water and stay active to keep healthy
It’s SO hard to keep them healthy come Fall. You are not kidding! I really do think it has a lot to do with the fact that kids are constantly touching their faces with the little hands they use to touch everything out in the world. They rarely miss a public surface!
All great tips, and ones that we use. What fouls us up every time is the parents who won’t keep their kids home from school when they are sick. My nephew is home sick this weekend and from school tomorrow. He asked his mom why he should stay home from school tomorrow when all the kids in his class are sick. It’s incredibly sad that the parents don’t take it seriously and follow the rules about keeping children home when they are sick.
ugh… being sick totally sucks! thank goodness for the tips.
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