You, Your Children, and The Dog: Keeping The Whole Family Healthy Over Winter

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At this time of year, the change of season brings with it some differences in how we run our days, as well as how we are feeling. With less daylight we can feel more down, and with germs and bugs going around, it can mean that the whole family can get sick pretty easily. I one of you catches something, then it is likely that the whole family will catch something. So in order to keep the whole family healthy, and reduce their risk of getting ill this winter season, then there are some things that you can be doing to make sure that the whole family is kept healthy. Then if one of you does catch something, the rest of you are less likely to catch it too.

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Washing Hands

This sounds like such a simple one, yet many of us, especially our children, neglect to do so. Of course, there are certain times when we should be washing our hands. But in winter, there are even more times. Do you wash your hands before eating a meal or before preparing food? Do you wash your hands after you’ve coughed and covered your mouth, or sneezed and then wiped your nose? If you don’t, then it is spreading those germs all over. When you’re out and about as a family it can be tricky to be able to wash your hands at regular intervals. But a hand sanitizer could be good to have in your bag for when you’re all on the go.

Eat a Healthy Diet

When the weather is colder you can feel like you want to eat more comforting foods. I mean, who wants a cold salad when it is snowing outside? But you do need to be careful about what you are all eating. Where you can, cook meals from scratch. If you are all eating processed foods that are full of sugar or artificial ingredients, then it can give you a massive lack of energy. They can also hinder how well your body copes if there are germs around. From you, your children, and even your pets, you need to think about the food that you’re eating. Some pre-made foods, like Betsy Farms treats for your dog or cold-pressed juices for you and the family, can be ok. Just be sure to check the labels. Simply because getting the right kinds of vitamins and minerals in all of your bodies is a great way to stay strong and fight bugs. Things like homemade soups or smoothies can be good things to make at home.

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Keep Hydrated

At a time when you need to fight off bugs and germs, then having a well-hydrated body is really key. For one things, our bodies are made up of a lot of water. So it makes sense that we need water to be able to function right. It will help to keep us energised and give your body what it needs to fight off germs. Staying hydrated can flush out toxins, as well as keeping our skin looking good; bonus! If an ice cold glass of water doesn’t appeal on a frosty morning, then choose something like hot water and lemon. Caffeine can dehydrate you and make you feel more tired in the long run.

Stay Indoors

If you or one of your children or family members does get sick, then staying indoors is one of the best things that you can do. It will stop germs from spreading, and will also help to speed up the healing process. Try to stick in your bedroom, which I know can be easier said than done. But when you stay in one place, it reduces the risk of it going to other family members. Wash bed sheets, keep a window open, eat well, drink plenty of water, and disinfect the room. The chances of it spreading then will be minimal.

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Get Vaccinations Up To Date

If you or your little ones aren’t up to date with the vaccinations that are available to you, then now could be the time to sort it out. Children under a certain age are being offered the flu jab for free at the moment, so it could be a good idea to get that for your child. With anything, look into it. But it can be a good way to help them to stay healthy over the next few months, as well as keeping those around them healthier too.

Talk About Being Healthy

This will depend on your family situation and the ages of your children. But if they are old enough to sit and have a conversation with you, then talk about the benefits of being healthy. You can talk about the importance of washing hands, covering their mouth when they cough, or the reasons why the shouldn’t pick their nose or touch their eyes or face too much. When they know that germs like warm and moist places, like their nose, eyes, and mouth, it could help them to reduce touching those areas. If you can eliminate a cold or a bought of pink eye by doing so, then it will have been worth doing.

Keep Active

It can be easy to hibernate when the winter comes. It is cold, dark, and tempting to want to stay in, snuggle up, and watch Christmas films! That is all very well and certainly has a time and place. But staying active is a great way to ward off any bugs or germs. Fresh air and some vitamin D can do us all the world of good, as well as making our bodies physically stronger. Even just a walk out to the park or walking the dog as a family can have an impact. So why not have a think about something that you could all do together? Being active can be a good way to help combat feelings of depression or anxiety too.

Have a healthy and happy winter and festive season. Is there anything else that you would add to the list?

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