Winter is here and, unfortunately, so is the flu and cold season. Winter should be a time for hot chocolate, puzzles, Peanuts holiday cartoons and couch forts, not sniffles, sneezes, germs, infection and illness.

Children are especially prone to illness, so you need to take the necessary steps to keep your children healthy this winter. Kid Scholars Academy, your daycare in Sugar Land, offers tips for keeping kids healthy this winter.

Teach Them to Wash Their Hands

Handwashing is a simple principle, yet it does wonders when fighting germs. All too often, it is a task overlooked by parents. Hands serve as a gateway to your children’s bodies and washing their hands will make it less likely they get sick this winter.

Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is essential for a healthy immune system because it allows the body to repair and heal itself. Toddlers need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep each night while preschoolers require 11 to 13 hours of sleep each night.

Hydration

Children might not like drinking a lot of water in the winter, but it is just what their bodies need to fight illness and infection. Water not only carries nutrients to cells, but it also washes toxins out of the body.

In addition, dehydration increases your child’s risk of becoming ill.

Limit Sugar

Between the holidays and the comfort foods, the winter months are packed with foods that are full of sugar. Just think about all of the cookies, pies and other goodies that your children receive this time of year. Unfortunately, these sugary foods can wreak havoc on your children’s bodies.

An increase in sugar consumption will depress the immune system and cause systemic inflammation. As a result, kids who eat too much sugar in the winter are more likely to wind up with a cold or the flu. So it is best if you limit the number of sweets they have.

A Hearty and Healthy Breakfast

On dark, chilly mornings, it is difficult getting your kids up and motivated for the day. A sugary bowl of cereal is easy to prepare, but it’s not the type of fuel you want your children to start the day with.

The school day is demanding and your kids need a nutritious and hot breakfast to get them started and keep them healthy. You can opt for a couple of eggs and whole-grain toast, which is easy to prepare and won’t take much time.

Don’t Avoid the Cold

You might think that it is best to keep your kids inside when it is cold outside, but just the opposite is true. Sitting indoors for long periods of time staring at a screen has so many negative health implications we don’t even know where to start.

Don’t hesitate to bundle your kids up and send them outside for some fun and frolicking. Spending time outdoors playing offers a wealth of benefits and will help keep your kids healthy and happy.

Forget the Vitamins

The efficiency of vitamins has been in question for quite some time. The best way to get the nutrients your kids need is to feed them healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A healthy and balanced diet means that you know your kids are getting the nutrients they need to stay healthy.

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