Is there a kid on your block who seems to never catch what’s going around the neighborhood and makes it through the winter without so much as a sniffle? You might wonder if his parents know some secret to health that you’re missing out on; but, in reality, they just have cleaner habits.
Follow these secrets of super healthy kids to avoid sickness as best as possible, this year and any year!
They Keep Their Hands Clean
Regularly washing your hands drastically lowers the possibility of respiratory illnesses picked up by sticky fingers. Get your kids in the habit of washing their hands with soap or hand sanitizer when they leave from school, daycare, play dates and especially right before eating.
Tell your kids to sing the ABC’s while scrubbing their hands before rinsing – scrubbing for around 15-20 seconds is the sweet spot to make sure all harmful bacteria is gone.
It’s also helpful to teach your child The Three No’s:
- No Touching Your Face
- No Touching Your Eyes
- No Touching Your Mouth
Practicing this, even when they haven’t touched anything that might be gross, will help fend off the spread of pinkeye or other contagious illnesses.
They Don’t Share Food or Drinks
When your child is young, you are trying to shape them to be a decent human being by teaching them how to share things with others. This is great. However, when it comes to food and drinks, you will probably need to rethink that strategy. Contact with food is one of the easiest ways for infections to spread, especially those that are spread through saliva, like mononucleosis.
Try not to share any food or drinks in your house to train them to avoid this practice at school, where children might be sick.
They Have Balanced Diets
Kids are the pickiest people on the planet – which is why chicken nuggets and French fries are staples on every kid’s menu in every restaurant. However, a nutritious diet provides a barrier of protection against all kinds of health-related issues and keeps your child’s immune system strong.
If you’re having trouble getting your kids to regularly eat healthy food, try loading them up with “superfoods” that are packed with extra nutrients, like:
- Eggs: A great source of protein, choline and other essential vitamins and minerals.
- Nuts: Packed with protein, “good” fats, fiber and antioxidants.
- Berries: Filled with antioxidants that are great at protecting your immune system.
- Plain Yogurt: The perfect snack to get much needed calcium and potassium.
If your child absolutely despises these foods, try looking for other healthy meals that kids love!
They Take Their Vitamins
Even if you know nothing about vitamins, you probably at least have heard of Vitamin C. It won’t cure your kid’s cold if they’ve already got one, but if cold season is coming up, start looking into giving your child some gummy vitamins that they can take daily. Unless of course your child is getting the recommended nine servings of fruits and veggies every day.
Ultimately, your child is probably going to get sick at some point in his or her life, but if you are keeping vigilant, eating healthy and following these steps, you’re going to have one healthy kid!