Winter is here and with it comes illness ! Of course there is no specific timing but illness increases during winter time due to many reasons.
We, as parents, do all we can to keep our kids safe from sickness all year round, this doesn't mean that it will prevent them from getting sick but it will surely lessen and ease the symptoms.
On the contrary of what we think, cold weather doesn't cause sickness, the winter viruses are the reason as most of the time they are airborne which makes it easier for kids to get infected.
There are some precautions that we can take that will surely increase our kids' vulnerability.
Hygiene reduces some of the risk of the transfer of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness so teach your kids the following:
- to wash their hands regularly and after meals, toilet use and various activities. Don't make it an obligation that they hate, rather, make it a habit that they enjoy by, for example, teaching them to count to 15 while scrubbing then rinse and repeat once.
- not to share their spoon, fork or toothbrush with anyone even their siblings or cousins and of course not older people even their grandparents
- not to put their hands in their mouth or on their faces in general
- cover their mouth & nose when they sneeze as to avoid spreading viruses
Mobile & Active
Regular exercise boosts the circulation which in turn fights the infecting cells, reducing the risk of your child getting sick. Going for a daily walk or a run in the park or around the block and if daily is not feasible, you can do 3 times a week. Kids usually love the parks and enjoy their time.
Getting enough sleep holds the same importance as getting enough exercise. Feeling tired, anxious and stressed makes us and our kids more prone to infections.
Drinking plenty of water helps in flushing toxins out of our bodies. Other liquids are beneficial and help in avoiding sickness would mostly be orange juice and ginger tea, if you were able to get your kids to like the later !
You don't have to cover your child up every time you decide to leave the house, this will stress him! Most important parts to cover are his chest & neck, and his ears & head.
Some moms tend to give immunity boosting vitamins, I don't! But if you feel your child needs it, you can consult your physician for his advice.
Some of the foods and drinks that help reduce the risk of winter illness:
- Colored sweet peppers
- Chicken & Vegetable soup
- Lentil soup
- Red beans / Kidney beans
- Orange juice
- Ginger tea
- Tea with lemon juice
Always remember that whatever precautions we take our kids will still get sick ad this all helps build their immunity.