Tips to Stay Healthy This School Year

With the school year underway and the temperatures starting to drop it can be tough to keep kids healthy. Here are some tips to help keep the kids healthy this school year.

1. Flu Shot While the flu vaccine is not a guarantee you and your children will not get the flu, it is still a good defense. The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. New this year the CDC recommends the nasal mist for healthy children 2 to 8 when it is immediately available.

2. Hand washing One of the best ways to stop the spread of germs is hand washing. Encourage them to sing Happy Birthday to themselves and scrub all surfaces of their hands. Make sure you talk to your kids and remind them to wash their hands before meals and when coming in the house. It is also good to remind them to try not to touch their faces throughout the day and not to share drinks or utensils with friends at school.

3. Plenty of Exercise  Even as the temperatures drop it is important that kids get enough exercise,  here are some fun activities you can safely do with the kids indoors.

4. Fruits and Veggies It is important that kids (and adults) eat a well balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Encourage your kids to try new fruits and vegetables and have them get involved in the meal planning and prep. We love the family friendly recipes found on Weelicious and Annabel Karmel.

5. Sleep Getting enough sleep is essential for kids to stay healthy. Here are 10 tips to help kids get to sleep at night. Our soothing Sweet Slumber line helps to soothe your little ones for a good night’s sleep.

6. Water Drinking enough water is important to both stay healthy and fight off an illness, one way to encourage drinking enough water is to carry refillable water bottles for the kids.