These 9 Preventative Measures Will Keep Your School Kids Healthy This Winter

Dec 16, 2020 by

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As a parent, you want to do everything possible to keep your child healthy. While folks remain hopeful for a soon-emerging vaccine, COVID-19 made everyone pay more attention to potential risks.

The best defense against germs is a solid offense. The following nine preventative measures will keep your school kids healthy this winter and make the classroom’s brave new world less frightening.

1. See Their Doctor

Even if you skip your annual physical, your child needs a wellness checkup each year between the ages of four and 18. Such visits can catch minor issues before they snowball into disasters.

For example, you might never know if your child starts developing mild insulin resistance until it becomes severe enough to head toward Type 2 diabetes minus a blood test. However, if you leave this condition untreated, it increases their risk of various other health woes — including more frequent and severe infections.

Conversely, early detection can save your child’s health and your wallet. Your youngster could prevent the disease through diet and exercise instead of prescriptions while lowering their risk of getting sick overall.

2. Keep Up With Immunizations

Many schools won’t let your child enroll without immunization records, but that reason isn’t the only one to comply with recommendations. You should get your child vaccinated against diseases like measles, mumps and rubella. These days, you can also spare your child the agony of chickenpox and the human papillomavirus by staying up-to-date with their shots.

Controversy remains over whether parents will need to vaccinate their children against the novel coronavirus once the vaccine becomes widely available. Many parents express hesitation, and currently, most state laws don’t mandate the flu shot, leaving the precedence a bit open to interpretation. Ultimately, only you can make the right choice for your family, but please do remember that children can and do catch — and sometimes die — from COVID-19.

3. Feed Them More Vegetables

Scientists have only begun scratching the surface of what phytonutrients can do to benefit human health. These substances give fruits and veggies their vivid hues, but some, like lycopene and resveratrol, can boost immune function and slash cancer risk.

If your kids turn up their noses at eating broccoli, though, you might have to get creative in the kitchen. Try prepping some of these tasty desserts with hidden veggies and tuck them into your kid’s lunchbox. They might groan at carrots and hummus dip, but nearly every child loves a cookie.

4. Let Them Snack on Citrus Fruits

Loading up on vitamin C might not prevent your child from catching a cold. However, that’s no reason to stop encouraging them to choose orange slices over crackers.

Why? While the miracle vitamin may not keep your kiddo from getting sick, it can help them recover more quickly. A 2013 review of 29 randomized trials consisting of over 11,000 participants found that taking at least 200 milligrams of vitamin C daily decreased children’s cold duration by 14%.

Your child’s body absorbs nutrients from foods more readily than those from pills — especially if they have an undiagnosed absorption issue. Keep those Cuties on your grocery list and let your little one chow down on the sunshine fruit.

5. Or Give Them a Handful of Nuts

Zinc is another nutrient that might not prevent illness in your child but could shorten how long they suffer. However, to achieve the effect, you have to start supplementation early — waiting until symptoms grow severe enough to stay home might be too late.

You don’t have to worry if you give your kids nuts as a snack. Many varieties, including pine nuts and cashews, contain a hefty dose of this nutrient.

6. Get Their Bodies Moving

Exercise does a body good in multiple ways — including boosting immune function. Acute exercise gets more immune-system cells flowing in your bloodstream. Although the effect dissipates when the activity ends, it has a summative impact over time, lowering inflammation and even cancer risk.

Ensure your kids get activity daily — especially if they homeschool and spend the day staring at the screen. Encourage your local district to increase PE and recess times.

7. Let Them Play Outside

Japanese folks practice shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing and enjoy improved immune health for it. You can also reap the immune system-boosting benefits of phytoncides, chemicals emitted by plants for defense that help humans fight off germs.

Researchers investigated those who spent a three-day, two-night trip in a forested area and found increased natural killer cell activity and levels. The effect lasted up to 30 days — so take a family hiking trip once per month.

8. Have a Weekly Check-in

Your child’s mental health can impact immune function. Anxiety and depression affect sleep — more on that in a moment — which leads to decreased levels of anti-inflammatory proteins.

Make a “date night” (or afternoon) with your child once per week where they can discuss their feelings and concerns. Keep these sessions non-judgmental — remember, your objective isn’t to make them behave the way you want them to but rather open up about their troubles.

9. Help Them to Get Their Zzz’s

Finally, your body produces anti-inflammatory cytokines all the time — but most of the activity takes place during sleep. Your child needs these substances to fight infection.

Please adhere to a regular bedtime, including weekends. As much as possible, keep electronics out of your little one’s bedroom, as the blue light they emit can impact sleep quality.

Take These 9 Preventative Measures to Keep Your School Kids Healthy This Winter

The threat of disease makes it scary to send your child to class these days. Please take these nine preventative measures to keep your school kids healthy this winter.

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