Are you worried about your child becoming sick this summer? While kids are introduced to many new types of germs while in the classroom, they are at a bigger risk while attending different camps or other group activities. We wanted to provide some tips on how to keep your child happy and healthy this summer, so everyone in the family can have a memorable summer.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Did you know that you are supposed to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day? And for a child who is constantly running around and having fun, they need to stay even more hydrated. A good way to remind your child to drink water is by giving them a reusable bottle. Make sure it’s filled at the beginning of each day and refill as needed. If you are really struggling to get them to hydrate, provide incentives. If you drop your child at any camp like activity, the leaders will keep your kids hydrated, so when they are at home, make sure you are watching them as well.
Eat the Rainbow
Is your child maintaining a well rounded diet? Are their dinner plates as colorful as a rainbow? Everyone should be including eight servings of fruit and veggies in their diets each day. A good way to keep your child moving and grooving because of their veggies is by having it be the most accessible snack. Put out a fruit bowl, so when they run into the kitchen, they see it and grab it. Keep your veggie snacks in the bottom drawer of your fridge, where your kids can reach them.
Rest and Relaxation
While we already know your child will be very active in their summer camps, sports, or other activities this summer, we have to make sure they are resting up each night. Instead of allowing them to spend too much time watching television or playing on their iPad, make sure they are getting to sleep at a good hour each night, while also striving for that full eight hours.
Common wisdom says that if you’re child drinks milk and plays outside, he’s getting enough vitamin D, right? Surprisingly, not necessarily.
Because of lifestyle changes and sunscreen usage, the majority of the population shows signs of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D helps ensure the body absorbs and retains calcium and phosphorus, both critical for building bone. In addition to vitamin supplements, enriched foods are another way to increase the vitamin D in your child’s diet. Look for foods fortified with vitamin D such as milk, cereal, orange juice, yogurt, and margarine. Vitamin D is found naturally in only a few foods (see the chart below).
We hope these tips help inspire you to change up your summer routine. To schedule a summer appointment with us, call the office at 540-899-2555