Winter is known for short days, rain, and cold weather. Cold temperatures also bring germs that cause respiratory infections. Keep children healthy during the winter season by following these simple ideas.
Wash Germs Away
One of the most effective ways to prevent catching and spreading germs is handwashing. Remind children to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, using the 5 steps to handwashing. Alcohol gel is a suitable alternative when water is not available.
Keep Children Moving
Regular physical activity has many benefits including providing a boost to the immune system. Take family bike rides or walks around our beautiful neighbourhood.
Wrap up and go out!
In addition to providing exposure to fresh air and vitamin D, studies show that being outdoors in nature also boosts immune defence mechanisms. Make sure your child is appropriately dressed outdoors. As a rule, dress children in one more layer than you would wear.
Eat your colours
Offer your child fresh fruit, vegetables, and protein. These foods are high in nutrients that support energy levels and a strong immune system.
If your child has a very restrictive diet, incorporate these foods in smoothies as dietary sources of nutrients are best. As a last resort, you may consider a multivitamin supplement for children. Avoid high doses as toxicity can occur with some vitamins.
Make sure everyone in your home is getting plenty of rest and quality sleep during the colder months. Tiredness increases susceptibility to infections. Maintain a regular bedtime routine and avoid backlit devices at least one hour before bedtime.
Water makes up 65-75% of children’s body and has many important functions including protecting against and clearing infections. Give your children a water bottle so they can drink regularly during the day. Primary school children should drink at least a litre of water a day.