The holidays are one of the happiest times of the year for both kids and adults. However, it is important to remember that they come with their fair share of potential health threats, meaning that everyone should make sure to exercise an appropriate level of care and caution while still having fun. By doing so, we can all make sure that the holiday celebrations will proceed smoothly without so much as a single hitch.
4 Tips to Help Keep Kids Healthy During the Holidays
During the holidays season, it is not just Christmas that is in consideration, there is also the general change in weather and exercise habits that is going to change. All this is bound to affect a child’s health in various ways. so here are four ways to ensure your child remains healthy during this time.
1. Practice Good Hygiene
Good hygiene remains an important part of staying healthy over the holidays. In fact, it can be more important than ever because so many people are traveling during the holiday season. The traveling makes it that much easier for children to come into contact with infectious diseases. As a result, kids should make sure to wash their hands with soap and clean, running water for at least 20 seconds on a regular basis. Doing so should lower their chances of catching something bad. For that matter, they should probably get their vaccines as well as other common diseases if they are going to be traveling to distant places.
2. Eat Well And Continue Exercising
Likewise, eating nutritious food and then working it off with plenty of exercise remains an important part of staying healthy over the holidays. The first part is particularly important because so much holiday food is high in calories but low in nutrients, meaning that kids might want to bring some fruits and vegetables with them wherever they go to serve as a handy snack. In contrast, getting sufficient exercise should be much easier for kids to like to have fun out in the snow, provided they are adequately dressed for the weather.
3. Stay Warm
Adding to the previous point, prolonged exposure to the cold without proper clothing can cause frostbite and a host of other serious problems. As a result, kids should make sure that they wear something warm and comfortable while they are outside, meaning hats, gloves, and other accessories in addition to their winter clothes. Gloves are particularly important if they are planning to handle the snow since prolonged contact can cause frostbite with surprising speed. This is particularly problematic because the initial numbness can make it difficult for people to notice the earliest signs of frostbite. For the parents, it is also good to heed to winter weather advisory and keep kids indoors when temperatures are particularly bad.
4. Have Some Fun
Finally, the holidays are a time for celebration, and kids should do exactly that. Spending time with friends and family members is a great way for them to de-stress in much the same way that it is for adults. Furthermore, if they are short on sleep, catching up during the holidays can help them maintain their health by boosting their immune system, reducing their stress, and providing them with more energy that can be used for more fun activities once they wake up in the morning.
There are more potential health issues over the holidays, and there is a lot more information out there that can be used to keep kids safe. However, these four tips can be the base to make sure your children have a safe, enjoyable and healthy holiday season.