Editor’s Note: Always seek the advice of your child’s pediatrician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding the health of your child.
If you’re tired of being taken out by sickness every other week by your precious little one’s tiny germy hands, this is the article for you. I’m pretty sure everyone has been subjected to the revolving door of illnesses this season has thrust upon us. I personally don’t know one family that hasn’t complained about their kids being sick at least once since the beginning of fall, and it’s only escalating with the temps dropping. These germs have no qualms about when and who they strike. We spent our Thanksgiving week drowning in a pile of tissues and practically begging our 2-year-old to take the dang cough medicine. It’s getting old, fast.
We have to take into consideration that the world spent the last couple years at home in efforts to minimize the spread of COVID, which was vital in order to protect each other. However, it also didn’t do any favors to our kids’ immune systems. It’s not their fault either when they feel just as miserable as we do. So what can we really do to keep all this sickness at bay? After doing some desperate late night research while coughing my life away, I saved a few tips on how we can beef up our immunity in preparation for winter. From one sniffly mom to another, here are five things we can do to help our kids stay healthy.
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2. Get Plenty of Sleep
This may seem like an impossible task when your kids find any excuse under the sun to postpone bedtime and wake up frequently throughout the night, but a great night’s sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system. Little ones of different ages require different amounts of sleep, so it’s important to know how many hours your child should be getting. If your household is struggling to get a good night’s rest, consider looking into helpful sleep resources or revising your bedtime routine.
3. Stay Up-to-Date on Vaccines
Kids aren’t always comfortable with doctor’s visits, but keeping their shots updated is the most surefire way to protect them against illnesses. There are many ways to help ease their anxiety and prepare them for their shots. As a parent, it’s also natural to feel nervous about new immunizations like the COVID vaccine for children, but experts agree that it’s perfectly safe and highly recommended.
4. Keep Them Active
Physical activity will help children’s bodies battle infections more efficiently. Making sure they’re active can be as simple as going for a walk around the neighborhood or visiting your local playground. I’m the type of parent that’s not overly fond of exercising, so this is one tip I’ve had to work on in our home. Kids always imitate what their parents do, so it’s important for me to set a good example, which will also help improve their overall health.
5. Wash Those Tiny Hands
Oh, how our kids love to touch everything. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t utter the words “don’t touch that, it’s dirty!” Developmentally, they truly cannot help those impulses. So while we can always discourage them from drawing on dirty cars with their fingers, it’s probably more effective to regularly wash their hands (and perhaps bathe them in hand sanitizer when we’re out in public). While catching germs will never be completely avoidable, we can try our best to ensure their immune systems have strong defenses.
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