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7 Tips to Help Your Family Stay Healthy this Holiday season.

We've seen a lot of sick kids this winter at Kids First Pediatrics. The holidays can be challenging, but having sick kids only makes it harder. Here are some tips that can help the whole family stay healthy this holiday season:

1. Encourage Balanced Nutrition

  • Encourage a balanced diet by incorporating a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains into your meals.

  • Limit sugary snacks and beverages, especially during holiday parties. Opt for healthier alternatives such as fruit platters, nuts, and yogurt.

2. Stay Active Together

  • Engage in family-friendly physical activities to stay active during the holidays. Consider outdoor games, walks, hikes, or even winter sports.

  • Plan active outings or events, such as a family ice-skating day or a nature walk, to counterbalance the potential excess of sedentary activities during the holiday season.

3. Ensure Adequate Sleep

  • Ensure that both children and adults get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can weaken the immune system and contribute to stress.

  • Establish a consistent sleep routine, even during holidays, to help maintain a healthy sleep pattern.

4. Stay Hydrated

  • Encourage the consumption of water throughout the day. With holiday festivities and special drinks, it's easy to forget about proper hydration.

  • Limit sugary drinks and alcohol, and be mindful of the overall beverage intake. Water is the best choice for staying hydrated.

5. Manage Stress

  • The holidays can be stressful for both parents and children. Implement stress-management techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or even simple relaxation activities.

  • Create a schedule that allows for downtime and relaxation amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. Balancing activities and rest is crucial for overall well-being.

6. Wash Your Hands

  • Help kids to remember to wash their hands regularly and especially after going to the bathroom and before eating. This small step can go a long way.

7. Make Sure Everyone is Up to Date on Immunizations

  • Staying up-to-date on immunizations keeps everyone healthy by preventing the spread of disease within families and communities.

If you have questions on how to keep your family healthy, want to check on immunization status or need to schedule a visit, call Kids First Pediatrics: (919) 250- 3478.

*This article is informational but is not a substitute for medical attention or information from your provider.


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