The mercury has begun to drop and it’s time to start gearing up to protect your family from the challenges the cold months bring. The increased presence of viruses and bacteria test our immunity everywhere. Small changes in the daily routine can go a long way. Here is a list of tips that will protect your child from cold and other illnesses that may arise due to the chilling weather.
Warm, Layered Clothing
Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them warm and at the same time comfortable. Always remember gloves or mittens and a cap.
The basic rule for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
Sneak in Fruit and Veggies Wherever you can
Do your best to ensure your kids are eating healthy. A healthy and balanced diet means your kids are getting more vitamins through their food. It will help them to develop immunity in the body, which ultimately protects them and gives the strength to fight against germs and infections. Carrots, green beans, oranges, and strawberries are all packed with immunity-boosting nutrients.
Keep them Hydrated
Many children unconsciously reduce their water intake during the winter perhaps because they rarely sweat in the colder temperatures. Water washes bacteria and viruses from our throats and through our digestive tracts before they have time to set up shop and do damage. So make sure your children drink lots of water: Send your child to school with a water bottle. You should always try to keep them hydrated by giving different warm drinks and soups.
Regular Body Massage
Massaging the kids is more beneficial during winter as their skin need some extra care to fight against dry and cold weather that could make their skin dry and flaky. Massaging helps their skin to stay hydrated in the dry, cold weather. Warm up the oil you use for the massage and ensure no passage of air enters the room in which you undress your kid for massaging. Your child’s hair too needs same nourishment and care like skin, so try to give a good head massage to your child before and after a bath. Coconut or olive oil are the best oils to use during winters.
Moisturizing the Skin
As compared to you, your child’s skin is more delicate and more susceptible to becoming dry. Cold, dry outdoor air and indoor heating can rob skin of its natural moisture in the winter. It’s essential to use a fragrance-free, non-irritating moisturizer. Your child must use the moisturizer regularly, twice a day or more. A good time is after your child’s bath while her skin is warm and damp.
Many people mistakenly believe that they do not need to apply sunscreen in winter or on cloudy days. Did you know that the sun is closer to the earth during the winter months? This means that the sun’s rays are harsher and stronger in winters than in summer. Apply a good child-friendly sunscreen to protect your kid’s skin from harsh UV rays.
The long nights and short days of winter are nature’s way of suggesting we get more rest. The body’s metabolic rate naturally slows, encouraging slower, less-active behavior. Try to put your kids in their beds a little earlier than normal and see how readily their bodies lap up the extra sleep.
Stay Healthy with Vaccinations
You can help protect your children from some viruses and bacteria simply by making sure their vaccinations are up to date. Ensure that all family members also get their yearly flu shots.
Remember to follow these tips and don’t let any illness stop you and your family from enjoying the crisp weather. Have a bright and safe winter!