They Depend on You
Just look at that little hand! So sweet. So precious. So delicate. You know your children depend on you to keep them safe and healthy. But along with winter, inevitably each year, comes the full gamut of cold weather viruses and infections. As every parent knows, there’s only thing worse than coming down with a new season’s “Superbug”; when your innocent, defenseless child is the one who’s down. Looking for tips for keeping your kids healthy this winter? Keep reading!
8 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Winter
The Hand-Washing Game
- It’s a basic building block on the foundation for good health: wash our hands! Help them make a habit of washing hands thoroughly and regularly. It may be helpful to make a fun, song or incentive-based game out of it for the very young ones who are still learning.
A Healthy Diet
- Lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables are key to provide little bodies immune systems with the blast-off power they need to fight off cold weather infections. Find delicious, inventive ways to offer them that will have your children begging, “More please!”
Plenty of Fluids
- This is a golden rule, especially during times of vigorous outdoor activity. Just remember, although hot chocolate is super yummy on a cold winter day, sugar limits the body’s natural ability to protect and defend itself. Work to find sugar-free and low-sugar alternatives, and offer in moderation.
Dress for the Weather
- In short, keep them warm. Make and reinforce wise winter wear choices for your young ones. Be sure gloves, hats, scarves, thick socks and even warm face masks are always worn as the weather merits. Don’t forget to be prepared with clean, dry back-ups for socks, gloves, or other garments that have become wet.
- It is very important to make sure your children take regular breaks during strenuous outdoor play. High activity and heavy clothes causes sweat to build up as body temperature rises, in addition to overheating. A child lost in their fun can overlook the need to stop for a break. As a result, they could develop a deep, lingering body chill that makes them vulnerable to any viruses attempting to attack – not to mention frostbite..
Plenty of Rest
- The suggested minimum for children is seven hours of sleep per night. The average length of sleep recommended by experts for children and teens? 10-13 hours. That’s right. This is especially crucial when the body is working to fight off any invading viral or bacterial infections, either before or during the time the illness has set in.
Avoid Spots Known for “Germ-Sharing” Risks
- Such as playgrounds or the children’s area at their favorite restaurant. Really, just don’t. Believe me, it’s worth a 10 minute fit to avoid a week to a month of watching your children suffer.
Check Home Indoor Air Quality
- Have your home checked for mold, as well as any air duct or ventilation system cleaning needs. Plenty of people become infected through airborne cold, flu and pneumonia viruses circulating in the atmosphere of their own homes. Also, the presence of toxic mold can cause a standard infection to become serious rather quickly. Don’t let this happen to your family!
South Nashville Heating & Cooling Can Help!
Our professional HVAC technicians have all the knowledge and experience you need to help you keep your children healthy this winter. From mold inspection, air duct and ventilation cleaning, and HVAC maintenance and repair needs, you can count on South Nashville Heating & Cooling. If you like, they will also perform a thorough assessment of your heating unit to ensure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible. We offer professional Nashville commercial & residential heating system maintenance, repair and installation. To schedule a service appointment or a free in-home consultation, call South Nashville Heating & Cooling at (615) 834-1636.
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