Recently at the impressive age of 2 years old, my toddler got her first cold. Considering most kids are often snotty and sick during the early years, I am pretty proud of us for making it to 2 without a single sniffle. Well, it would be impressive if we had actually left the house and done anything for the last two years. But due to COVID-19 and me working from home, my daughter never really had the opportunity to be exposed to germs. Call it a positive side of mask wearing and social distancing, my daughter has been pretty healthy.
I want to keep her healthy and germ-free, but I know there are germs out in the real world, and as my toddler is now starting preschool I have no doubt we’ll be dealing with some standard toddler illnesses in the near future. Even so, I’m going to do my best to ensure we all stay as healthy as possible.
As we head into the school season and with winter coming up, here are a few of the things I’m doing to keep my kiddo healthy.
The last thing you want to deal with is rushing to the pharmacy late at night for fever or pain relievers. Be prepared with a well-stocked medicine cabinet for whatever comes up. Bonus points go to natural remedies, which we can all feel good about giving to our kids.
Make hand-washing easy and accessible
We’ve all learned what a big impact clean hands can have on our health. Clean your hands and your kid’s hands frequently to minimize germs. If they can’t yet reach the faucet, make sure they have a stool nearby or consider a faucet extender to help them reach.
While mask mandates are related to COVID-19, it doesn’t hurt to wear them to ward off other germs floating around. It would be great if masks were not needed, but right now I’m happy to have my child wear one to keep herself and others safe. Letting her pick out her own has helped make mask wearing easier, too.
Promote quality sleep
Healthy actions extend beyond hand washing and mask wearing. Quality sleep is an important piece of overall health and wellness. And if you are a parent to little ones, you don’t need me telling you how nice it is to get a full nights rest. Though there might not be a guarantee of good sleep when it comes to babies and kids, there are some things that might help.
Create consistent bedtime routines and try to keep on the same sleep schedule, even during the weekends.
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