This winter, we want you and your family to stay as healthy as possible, so we’ve put together a list of important winter health tips to keep in mind throughout the season.
- Stay up-to-date with vaccines: Make sure that your child has gotten all of their shots. The colder weather makes them more exposed to illnesses, so taking the extra precautions before the deep winter months is the best thing to do.
- Be careful with holiday food: All of the extra desserts offered throughout the holiday season might just seem like another part of the season, but it’s important not to over-do it. An extra cookie before Santa comes won’t hurt you, but finishing the entire batch isn’t a healthy idea. Too much sugar can hurt a child, and make them feel sick, but if you’re keeping track of what they take in, then you won’t have to worry.
- Avoid people who are sick: During the winter months, we see a lot of family and friends. Holiday get-togethers typically call for small rooms with a lot of people crammed in them, and occasionally food and drink are shared with family members. This all seems like a normal gathering, but if a member of your family is sick, that opens up the opportunity for their illness to spread. It’s really their responsibility to stay at home and get better, but if they decide against that, then try keeping a healthy distance and not sharing food or drinks.
- Stay hydrated: Water is important all the time. Drinking water will keep you and your family healthy and hydrated, so if they’re playing a lot over their winter break, and snacking more frequently, then taking in extra water will help balance a healthy hydration.
- Stay active: When children are out of school for winter break, their first instinct may be to
sit inside and watch television or play games all day. This isn’t the best choice. Try instead taking them to a park, or letting them play in the backyard with some friends in the afternoon. This will prevent them from potentially sitting around and eating unhealthy snacks throughout the day, and they’ll also get a better night of sleep.
- Wash your hands: This is one of the most important winter health tips of all. Illnesses that are spread through surfaces, such as the flu, are the most common during the winter season. By keeping hand sanitizer around, and washing their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, the germs and spread of viruses can be kept to a minimum.
If you and your children both keep these winter health tips in mind throughout the holiday season and winter months, then you’ll have a good chance of staying healthy. Of course, there are still chances that sickness can slip through the cracks, so if you or your child feel as if you’re getting sick, contact one of our doctors as soon as possible.