Just because the cold and snowy weather of winter is upon us, there are still plenty of ways for children to stay active, have fun and be healthy – but proper precautions should be taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of your kids.
Especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is more important than ever to take the extra steps to maintain proper health and avoid illness. Here are some ways for your children to partake in healthy activities while staying safe and lower the risk of being sick.
Dress for the weather
Fun in the snow is enjoyable for people at any age, and kids in particular tend to enjoy activities like sledding, or even outdoor sports during the winter. It’s important to dress appropriately, however. Make sure they wear the proper layers. It’s always easier to remove a layer if too warm than it is to add layers later. You’ll also want to minimize children’s exposure to the cold. They don’t have the same tolerances to cold weather that adults do, so don’t stay outside too long. Lastly, don’t forget to keep their extremities warm with proper gloves, hats, and scarves.
Avoid winter colds
Winter colds are common, as viruses are spread through respiratory droplets and on hands. Therefore, it is important to make sure your children wash their hands often with soap and water. Also, that they cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
Promoting good family health and habits are crucial for a thriving, healthy community. So things like staying up-to-date on your children’s immunizations and practicing every day precautions will help minimize the risk for illnesses while your children are with your family or playing with other kids.
Maintain a healthy diet and get proper rest
Eating right and getting good sleep are important for everyone, but a nutritious diet and the right amount of sleep will help strengthen your child’s immune system early and often. Try to limit their sugar intake and focus more on whole foods that are rich in vitamins. Keep them hydrated with plenty of water throughout each day, as well.
Sleep is another essential factor in establishing and maintaining a healthy immune system. As germs spread throughout the winter months, your child will need time to fully stave them off and allow the body to heal, which is accomplished through adequate rest.
These are just a few tips to help keep your children healthy while being active and having fun this winter.
For more information on health tips and activities for your children, visit the Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall County Health Department or call 815-872-5091.
Bureau, Putnam & Marshall County Health Departments
526 Bureau Valley Parkway
Princeton, IL 61356