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As a mom to five children, you can imagine how many well and sick visits we can have to the doctor. This is especially worst in the winter time and if you live in a changing climate. Being stuck inside with the windows and doors closed just makes feeling sick even worst. Here are some tips you can use to avoid getting sick and stay healthy.
Visit the doctor when you are healthy – Well doctor visits are just as important and sick one especially for children. Doctor’s and track your child’s growth and development, you can report any issue you may have to medications, behavioral problems at home or school and talk with your doctor about your child’s doctor and express any medical concerns you may have. A well visit is the best time to do this and after all your doctor should be there and listen to any concerns you may have. I know after the end of every visit my doctor will ask if I have any questions or concerns.
*Tip* If you notice changes in behavior, medication or anything else you want to ask your doctor write them down so you don’t forget when visiting with your doctor.
Also another “doctor” your child should see often (bi-yearly) is the dentist. Your teeth are an important part of your health too! Getting regular checkups help prevent cavities with regular cleaning and prevent future issues such as extractions and root canals.
Be active – Exercise is an important part of being and staying healthy. We live in a fast past environment where it’s in the car to go there and out to go here. If you get in 30-60 minutes of activity a day you will stay healthy. There are lots of ways you can get in your exercise; taking walks, and bike riding. If you live in a seasonal climate it’s hard to get exercise in while being stuck in the house however, any activity such as laundry, cleaning, cooking or shopping will have you some exercise as your moving your body. Best time to exercise is before meal time such as dinner.
Eat healthy and balanced meals – Eating a healthy balanced meal keeps your immune system (the system that fights off infections and viruses) strong. Make sure you eat a good breakfast in the morning full of whole grains and fruits. Also drinking lots of liquids like water is a huge benefit as well. Don’t forget the veggies either! They are an important part of a healthy meal. Commit to eating meals as a family once a week; a family that eats together is less likely to get sick and are healthier in general. So moms, take away the controller, computer, and phones!
Get vaccinated – If you are a vaccinated type of parent keeping your child vaccinated with all the required shots is important to do. Keeping your vaccinations up to date keeps you healthy and prevent illness from common diseases. Vaccinations are also a requirement for school registration in many states. Also, get a yearly flu shot; yes you MAY get the flu from it but it’s a small percent of people who actually get sick from getting a shot after all a vaccination is a weak form of the virus. Also, make sure to get your shots when you’re healthy they’ll work better.
Cover your nose and wash those hands! – Hand washing is an important health and safety concern and should be done after you eat, drink, cough, or sneeze. Covering your nose is important from spreading germs as many are airborne and can spread easily. Avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth especially when sick. If you are sick avoid contact with others by staying home to prevent germs from spreading especially in the “cold and flu” season.
Having a stocked medicine cabinet is a great tool for preventing and aiding with illness. You can easily build your own first aid kit or buy one at the store. You never know when you’ll need and best to be prepared for the worst.
Basic supplies to have in your kit
• Adhesive Tape
• Antibiotic Ointment
• Antiseptic solution/towelettes
• Bandages; including gauze, and wraps
• Ice packs
• Cotton balls & tips
• Gloves (per your allergy if any)
• Duct tape – this can help with splints and other items
• Petroleum Jelly
• Scissors, safety pins, and tweezers
• Soap or hand sanitizer
• Saline eyewash (for chemicals)
• Thermometer (Also a humidifier helps with colds!)
• Anti-diarrhea medication
• Aloe Vera Gel
• Allergy medicines such as antihistamines
• Asprin and non-aspirin pain relievers (children shouldn’t take aspirin)
• Calamine lotion
• Hydrocortisone cream
• Personal medications or allergy medications that are prescribed
• Emergency phone numbers for doctors, emergency services, poison control or roadside assistance
• Medical consent & medical history for each family member
• Waterproof flashlight with extra batteries
• Candles and matches
• Space blanket
• First Aid instruction manual
Following these tips and tricks will help your child and yourself stay healthy and fit. Always seek medical advice from your doctor and never take medication without doctor approval. Did your tip make the list? What do you do to keep your children and family healthy?
Mayo Clinic for the First Aid Kit information.