4 Ways to Boost Your Child's Health
By Brandi Goodman
It can be easy for kids to get sick when they're in close proximity to others. Whether you have a young one at daycare or a child in school, you want to do everything possible to keep them feeling their best so they can avoid illness. With some methods for boosting your child's health, you can strive to achieve your goal.
Get Them Cooking in the Kitchen
Healthy foods aren't ideal to most children. If you want your kid to eat healthier, get them cooking in the kitchen with you. Oftentimes, kids who help make their meals are more likely to attempt to try them. They worked hard to help, so they want to see how their dish measures up. Let your kids help, no matter their age. There's always something they can do, whether it's grabbing ingredients out of the draw for you, mixing something up, or helping you stir. Healthy food is necessary for a healthy mind and body.
Encourage Family Physical Activity
Telling your kids they need to be active but never moving yourself won't work. You need to encourage family physical activities that you all perform together. Go for a family bike ride. Head to a nearby arcade center and spend hours going back and forth between games and activities. Dance in the living room. It can be as simple or as extravagant as you want -- as long as you're all moving and getting the exercise you need.
Provide Daily Vitamins
Vitamins are beneficial for good health. Most vitamins can be consumed through the foods we eat. If your kids aren't eating as healthfully as they should, though, then they're most likely not getting all the nutrients they need. Provide a daily dose of vitamins in supplement form instead. A children's multi-vitamin can work to improve their well-being, and are often great tasting and fun for the kids to have with their cartoon designs.
Teach Proper Handwashing
Your kids need to wash their hands often -- especially if they're touching surfaces at school that other people are touching. Teach your kids the importance of proper handwashing and show them exactly how it should be done. Make sure your kids are washing when they return home, after using the bathroom, before dinner, before and while cooking, and any other time it's needed. Once they get into the habit of washing regularly, they should follow through at school as well
Keeping your kids healthy isn't always possible. Sickness sets in when you least expect it. You should still do all you can to keep your child feeling as healthy and well as they can on any given day. Keep these tips in mind and encourage better well-being for your kiddos and yourself.
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