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As I sit here with a stuffy nose and throat that feels like razor blades when I swallow, I begin to think that maybe I am not the best person to talk about tips on keeping your family healthy during cold and flu season – ha! However, if you are a mother, you know that it is impossible to stay 100% healthy during these winter months with little ones. They are experts on spreading the germs and it’s pretty inevitable honestly. The good news is that we have the ability to implement a few things into our daily routine that will help us to stay healthy. I will include tips for both parents and little ones within this post and you can feel free to add your tips into the comment section below.
Tips on Keeping Your Family Healthy During Cold & Flu Season
Let’s talk about the little ones first, shall we? I was able to catch up on a webinar that was given by Dr. Tanya Altmann who is the spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics and trusted voice of Stonyfield YoBaby yogurt. She recently gave a webinar on ways that we can keep our babies healthy throughout the cold & flu season and I am so excited to help reemphasize some of the points that she made throughout the webinar. First and most important is SLEEP! Do you know what the latest sleep recommendations are for your baby’s age? If your baby is between the ages 4-11 months is 12-15 hours and this includes both bedtime and naps. For toddlers 1-4 years of age, the recommended sleep ranges from 11-14 total hours and for ages 3-5, it drops to 10-13 hours. Always make sure that your little one has a safe sleeping environment and limit screen time as much as possible. If you are looking for screen time recommendations, check them out here!
Making sure that your children are receiving a protein packed breakfast and be sure to add a fresh fruit or veggie with every meal or snack. Make sure that they are well hydrated and don’t forget about supplements such as Vitamin D & C along with probiotics. The recommended amounts for each of these is 400 to 600 IU Vitamin D, food sources are great for Vitamin C but you can also have a bit extra in the winter for a boost as well. An excellent source of probiotics is Stonyfeld YoBaby yogurt! We always give one of these every day to our kids and they LOVE it! You can read all about the yogurt parfait bar that we set up for them here! Babies can start reaping he benefits of yogurt as young as 6 months, which means that our little guy is just one week short of getting in on the yogurt fun! 🙂
The last two things you want to make sure of doing, not only during cold & flu season, but year round is great hand washing hygiene and exercising at least 60 minutes a day! It can be tough in the winter but just bundle them up and get outside as much as possible! Our kids are so excited to get outside today because it snowed overnight and they love building snowmen!
As parents, the same rules above apply to us as well. Getting the rest we need, eating a healthy diet, exercising and practicing great hygiene! I personally love waking up and drinking a mug of hot lemon water (you can read about it here) and taking my daily multivitamin that I have been taking for over 4 years now since I began taking a prenatal before our first baby! I also hang a bundle of lavender over our bed that helps to promote sleep, I swear it helps!
I would love to know ways that you help to keep your family healthy during the winter months in the comments below! 🙂