Wondering how you can keep your kids healthy all year round? Today’s wellness secrets will help keep your kids happy and safe even through the cold season…
Wellness Secrets Of Kids Who Don’t Get Sick
Rest is crucial to staying well and healthy. If your little ones need a nap, make sure they get it. Older kids can get to bed a bit earlier. Sleep is especially important in times of stress and when those flu bugs are going around. It can be difficult to make sure kids get enough sleep when you are juggling schedules for a whole family, but do your best to make it a priority.
For sleep training and schedules for kids, check out Children and Sleep, National Sleep Foundation
They Eat The Rainbow
Fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients that can help ward off sickness. Kids who eat these colorful and natural foods tend to stay healthier. Since a large portion of immunity happens in the gut, keeping the bowels healthy is crucial. Fruits and vegetables also contain fiber that help with regularity and gut health. Try to include more raw fruits and veggies in your child’s diet for their antioxidant and detoxifying effect.
They Keep Stress Down
Anyone who wants to stay well needs to lower stress and kids can get stressed too. With more homework than ever before and all the extracurricular activities, life gets busy. Stress can also interfere with gut health and sleep which we talked about earlier. Check in with your kids to see how they are handling everything and how they are feeling. It may be time to take a break if possible. Quiet time with family can go a long way towards lowering stress.
Washes Hands Often
Simple soap and water are great at cutting down bacteria transmission. Teaching kids to wash their hands throughout the day- after bathroom visits, after outdoor time, and before meals. Also teaching kids to keep hands away from mouth and face can help.
When a child rubs his eyes or nose, he’s depositing those germs directly onto his mucous membranes, where they’re rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. So in addition to having your child wash his hands frequently, remind him not to touch his eyes or rub his nose. ~BabyCenter
They Get Exercise
Fresh air and exercise can give the immune system a boost. It can also help children sleep better and keep stress down. Even better if children can exercise with friends as friends are another important part of the wellness factor. Encourage children to be part of a team, to play a sport. Or, take the whole family out for a walk. Great for the waistline and great for bonding time.