How to Keep (or at least Try to Keep!) Your Child Healthy in Winter

Many parents dread winter, not only for their own health, but for their child’s, too.

There is good news to begin with, and it’s well established: Cold air does not cause illness!

Why then are there so many child illnesses during the Midwestern winter? One good reason is that children stay inside a lot, with others who are sick!

So, what can you do to help ward off your child’s classmates’ bouts with the cold or flu?

Below are some very simple common sense tips. Nothing earth shattering here, just good reminders, for young and older alike.

~ Have your child wash his or her hands often, and sing “Happy Birthday” once thru while doing so. This will allow time for the soap to lather. Oh, and use soap, too.

~ Exercise outdoors frequently, especially on sunny days. Vitamin D is a very important ingredient in good health, so be sure your child takes advantage of those happy rays. And you should grab them, too, when you can!

~ Drink plenty of water. Often parents will do this for themselves when they don’t feel well, but are you reminding your little one to drink lots of water when he or she is feeling great?

~ Avoid heavily processed foods when possible. Whole grains, nuts, fruits, veggies, or anything loaded with anti-oxidants, will help the immune system. Fiber has been shown to help, too. Did you know an apple has 3.5 grams of fiber? Benjamin Franklin was right (about a lot of other things, too)!

There are lots of other recommendations out there on the web. If you see one, please share by sending in a comment.

Have a very happy and healthy New Year!

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