Keeping Kids Healthy During the Holidays
During the holidays it can be almost impossible to keep our kiddos healthy. The holidays bring everyone and every germ all together in one place! The constant sweet treats and stimulation can quickly make our kids more vulnerable to those nasty illnesses lurking around during the holidays. The following are tips that I’ve put together that may help ward off some of the sickness.
1. Stress the importance of hand washing!
Kids tend to get so busy that they forget to wash their hands. It’s especially important for them to do before eating. Setting an example and reminding them consistently will help make it a routine. I always have my OnGuard hand sanitizer handy as well, just in case we’re somewhere that hand washing is not possible.
2. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies.
This time of year is busy, no doubt. Keep the refrigerator, freezer, cupboards all stocked with fruit and vegetables, as much as possible, to ensure that there is an easy option for snacking.
I love dried fruit and the convenience of fruit cups (forgive me mother earth). We also always have a fruit for breakfast and make sure to pack a fruit and veggie in their lunchboxes everyday. Keep it simple, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy. And remember “no dessert until you eat your veggies!”
3. Get a good night’s sleep.
I’ve always been a stickler for this one. Since my kids were little, they’ve had a set bedtime. Sleep is extremely important for their growing bodies and immune systems. Lack of sleep leads to grumpy kids getting sick, not too fun right?
Try to stick to the routine as much as possible. If it’s a late night, try to make up for it a little in the morning by letting them sleep in. You can always diffuse an essential oil like lavender or Serenity blend to help calm them down after an overly stimulated day.
4. Control the sugar intake.
This one’s a tough one. Sugary treats are everywhere at the holidays. We all know what sugar can do to kid’s hyperactivity, but too much can also affect their immune systems, making it hard for them to fight off those nasty germs. How do we control their temptation? Well I don’t know, honestly.
I believe educating them on how too much sugar can be bad and make their tummies feel icky helps a little. Making them ask before they have a treat is also a good rule to have. Although, hard to say “no” it at least gives us parents a little awareness as to when and what they’re eating, then we can have the chance to say “just one” or “this is all you’re getting.”
5. Keep them hydrated.
Good old H2O is so good for everyone. We all know that our bodies need water to work properly. Water helps them flush toxins out of their little systems and keep their immune systems up and running. I recommend investing in a cool water bottle that they like and encourage them to drink as many bottles as they can every day.
6. Get them outside to play.
When the temperature drops outside we all want to hibernate. However, fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for mood and the body’s defense system.
Playing outside releases stress and gives their bodies the exercise it needs to stay healthy, always. Remember to set a good example and go outside and play with them, go for a walk even if just for 10-15 minutes. Every little bit helps!
7. Diffuse those Oils.
Essential oils are beneficial in so many ways. Diffusing oils calms the nervous system as we inhale them. My favorite to diffuse this time of year is OnGuard essential oil blend as the day wraps up, it gives everyone in the house a nice a little boost to the immune system.
So as you can see, there are some very simple steps you can take to keep your kids healthy this time of year! Happy Holidays!