Common winter illnesses can be prevented with the right healthcare regimen. Here are some healthcare tips for keeping your child healthy during winters.
As the temperature drops, you should ensure that the child has enough protection against cold
and flu. These are the most common health issues with kids apart from getting chapped skin and upset tummies.
Winters are usually vacation time for kids and they like to let their hair down and take a break from regular routines. In that flow they often lack discipline and consume a lot of junk food in the parties thrown in and around and then there are the cutting winter winds that wreck havoc on the tender skin of the children if they happen to venture out without enough protection. So here are some healthcare tips that will help your child enjoy the winter chill and not pay visits to the doctor at intervals.
Keep the System Hydrated
Kids tend to drink less water during the winters as the water is a little below the room temperature. Since winter is a dry season, it is vital for our system to be adequately hydrated. So make sure that the child is drinking a lot of water as this will also hydrate his skin.
Change the Regular Bathing Bar
The usual bathing soaps contain detergents that can dry out the skin further. So change it to some milder variant like the castile soap.
Massage Regularly with Body Oil
Kids has very tender skin and they get badly affected by the chilling winter winds. You need to massage the skin well with olive oil or coconut oil which has loads of vitamin E and fatty acids. You need to use it sparingly and rub it in vigorously and you will find that the skin soaks it up readily, leaving no sticky feeling behind.
Reduce Bath Time
Some kids are prone to catch cold during shower as they take their regular bath. Kids also like to stay put in the warm showers or hot water tubs. Hot water is not good for the skin as it robs off the natural moisture. So make sure that the kid takes a briefer bath and in lukewarm water.
Make sure that the kid applies a moisturiser after his bath. A good oil massage followed by a good shower and dollops of moisturiser will ensure that the child has soft, supple and healthy skin that glows even during the harsh winters.
The winter sun is surely enjoyable but they also contain the harmful UV rays. So do not get to slather some sunscreen on the skin of the child when he goes out to play.
Dress the Child Up in Layers
When the kid is out to school in the morning, he will feel comfortable in his pullovers. But once he reaches school or during the later part of the day when the sun is out completely and the temperature has risen a bit, he will feel hot and take off the pullover. Then as the sun sets and the temperatures falls again, he feels cold, but may not realise that he needs to wear it back. If it is a cloudy weather, the chances of catching a cold are higher. So dress up the kid in layers, so that he can take off just the upper layer when he feels a bit hot.
Check the Diet
It is important that the kid stays healthy as he enjoys all the varied food options that come exclusively during the winters. Having plenty of cakes, candies, pastries and barbecues are fine, but make sure that these are not the only ingredients of his daily diet. He needs to have a balanced diet that has the required amount of fibers, proteins and essential nutrients. The season has a variety of greens and other crunchy vegetables to offer. Include them in the kid’s diet.
Finally, ensure that the kid is getting the required amount of workout daily. Winters do not mean that you need to spend the entire day under the blanket. Put on the winter gear and go out for the regular exercises and the afternoon game sessions. Enhanced fitness will ensure that the kid develops the desired immunity to fight off the winter infections like common cold and flu.