Healthy kids this winter

Healthy kids this winter | 2 min read

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Keeping those germs away this winter season can be tough with children playing and staying indoors most of the time. Check out a few of our favourite ways to keep your kids healthy throughout these tough winter months.

Early to bed

Something as simple as a bedtime routine will help them stay on track with sleep throughout the week. Not get­ting enough sleep can impact their school per­for­mance as well as their immune sys­tem and health.

Play (in the sun) to stay healthy

Getting a little bit of sunshine and time outdoors can really be good for you. Even if the weather keeps you from going outside, getting moving inside can be helpful. Challenge your kids to a fun jump rope or hula-hoop contest. The more you can limit stress and have fun times together, the better.

Five a day keep the doctor away

Help your family keep their immune systems up by eating five servings of fruits and veggies every day.

Catch a cough or sneeze

Teach your kids to turn their heads and cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or the inside of their elbow if they don’t have a tissue, instead of simply coughing or sneezing onto their hands, which will then spread their germs onto everything they touch.

Keep those germs away

Pack tissues or a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack. Encourage them to use it when they cough or sneeze, or need to clean their hands. Washing their hands frequently will reduce the spread of germs.

Skip the sharing

Give them daily reminders to not share drinks or food with their friends.

Get immunized

Keep vaccinations current, including the flu shot.

Stay home

Keep kids home from preschool and school when they are sick to prevent spreading illness to others.

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