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3 Tips on Keeping Your Kids Healthy

Like most parts of the United States, Chicago has been hit with cold weather one day and balmy weather the next. This has lead to an increase of colds and other nasty infections. A few simple tips for keeping your kids healthy.

  1. Ditch antibacterial sanitizer – While it may be a quick fix on the run, nothing gets rid of germs like a good old fashion hand washing. One way to make sure your child is washing her hands long enough is to have her sing the Happy Birthday Song while washing her hands.
  2. Eat your colors – Whole foods (not processed & packaged foods) contain the vitamins your children need to stay healthy. Be sure to keep their plates colorful with a variety of foods to make sure they are getting different essential vitamins and minerals.
  3. Log your child’s symptoms – If your child is sick for more than a few days, everything seems to run into one confusing timeline. Keep a journal of symptoms, temperatures, etc so you can give the doctor a more accurate timeline helping the doctor asses your child’s illness better.

What tips do you have to share?

Posted April 2, 2013

by MichelleH


6 Responses

  1. anne perry says:

    I would add play outdoors and immune support supplement like elderberry or zinc.

  2. D SCHMIDT says:

    My tip was to sanitize everything my children come into contact with but after reading your article I realized that is not the most sensible idea ;)

  3. Natalie S says:

    These are some great tips! My kids have had a rough winter season this year! They have been sick off and on all winter long! So you can say we are quite ready for warm weather. I would also add sanitize the toys they play with when they are sick. And probiotics are great.

  4. Kerry G. says:

    It seems like my kids have been sick all year so far. On top of the great above suggestions, I’d add drinking lots of water.

  5. renee says:

    Also make sure your child stays hydrated with water and gets plenty of rest. A tired dehydrated body is not a healthy body!

  6. Jan Lee says:

    Thank you for the article. My mom always said that she didn’t need to buy “antibacterial” soap because soap IS antibacterial to begin with :) Thank you for saying ditch the antibacterial hand stuff, lol

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