Sick days. Great fun when you’re a sneaky kid having a day off school. Not great fun when you’re a parent with a house full of cold and ‘flu.
We all know winter is a rough time for catching colds, with all of those germs circulating indoors. But when it comes to kids, sicknesses seem to spread through classrooms as quickly as new fidget spinners. So how can you keep your children as healthy as possible this winter?
- Drink up, kids.
Keeping your young’uns hydrated is not an easy task, especially in winter. A big cold glass of water is just not as appealing as it is in the warmer months. So if you are struggling to keep your kids’ fluids up, try having some fruit water in the fridge (just tap water with a few slices of orange, cucumber, mint, berries, or whatever might be appealing to them). Also: hot water with lemon might be more appealing on those cold nights.
- Change their toothbrush.
With all the germs flying around, you want to do whatever you can to keep them away from your child’s mouth. Toothbrushes are susceptible to picking up the airborne bacteria from the bathroom, so remember to change them regularly. And maybe keep them in the cupboard…
- Wash, wash, wash.
You don’t want to turn your child into a germaphobe, but it might be worth having a little reminder about germs on their hands. Kids tend to touch their faces and mouths more often than adults, so keeping their hands clean is important, especially if there are other children in their class coughing and sneezing on every surface. Ugh…
- Salt therapy.
A great, natural way to boost your child’s immune system is to book them in for a few salt therapy sessions this winter. They will be in a relaxing, fun room with pharmaceutical grade salt pumped through the air. The salt has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help clear the sinuses, increase oxygen flow and stimulate lung function. All your kid has to do is enjoy the room – building castles out of huge piles of salt, watching a movie, or even curling up in one of the chairs. It also can be great for eczema, psoriasis, asthma, and a number of other health issues kids are prone to.
Best of luck to you, parents. We hope your little ones will be bouncing off the walls in no time… in an orderly fashion, of course.