Parents worry all the time if they are doing all they can to keep their kids safe and make sure they are healthy. It is pretty much a condition of being a parent that you spend a certain amount of time thinking about these kinds of things when it comes to your kids. But while we all do everything we can to teach them the basics such as looking both ways when crossing the street and brushing your teeth after every meal, we don’t always know what to do beyond that to keep them healthy and safe.
There are a number of health-centric tips that the Mayo Clinic has named on their website that are worth looking at when it comes to keeping our kids healthy. But beyond these there are a few things you may not have considered, such as whether to take your child to a pediatric dentist or not. That decision really depends on whether you have a reliable one in your area and if your child has a difficult time going to your own family dentist. Beyond this, here are a few more ideas to consider when looking for ways to instill healthy habits in your kids that will keep them healthy, happy and safe.
While this may seem like a simple thing to teach a child, many of the adults I know don’t do it often enough. Yes, it starts with washing your hands before any meal, and most parents are pretty good at teaching that basic. But if your child is old enough to attend school or pre-school, they should also be taught to wash their hands frequently.
Not only after they use the bathroom, but also throughout the day. Illnesses spread easily in a school environment because there are so many children in close proximity to each other. The odds are pretty good one of them is coming down with a cold or flu, so washing hands often is the best defense for your kids.
Sharing Water Bottles is Out
More and more these days we see kids of all ages carrying a water bottle. While keeping hydrated is a good idea for general good health, it is important to teach our kids to not share their water bottle around. This is a good way to pick up germs from other kids.
Remember that most kids will not be showing any symptoms of the flu while it is still in the early stages. This is when it is the easiest to pass on to others, so sharing food or water containers should always be something our kids know not to do.
Cover that Sneeze
Sometimes no matter what we do, our kids still catch a bit of the sniffles. It may not be a full-blown cold, but it may be enough to cause them to cough or sneeze. When they do, chances are a tissue will not always be right there and handy for them. This is why it is so important to teach your kids to sneeze or cough into the crook of their arm instead of into their hands.
Those hands will often go from catching a sneeze, and all its attendant germs, to touching a book they hand off to a friend. So, teach them young to sneeze and cough into a handkerchief, tissue or if they are not available, into their sleeve. Better to wash that shirt then have them pass on their germs to others.