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As parents, our main goal is to have happy, healthy kids, right? Sometimes that sure can be easier said than done with how busy life can be, especially with back to school season upon us. While we can’t always control things that affect them, there ARE some simple things we can incorporate into our daily lives that will help our kids be as healthy as possible. Here are 5 Tips for Healthy Kids that are easy, quick and can become just another daily habit to a happy life!
With school back in session, it seems more crucial than ever that my kids be healthy, and their immune systems as strong as possible. You know how it is – germs all over the classrooms, plenty of sickies being shared among students from coughs to strep to the flu. It’s not fun, but it also can’t be avoided completely. This tips for healthier kids can be quickly added to your new back-to-school routine – because I know you don’t need a ton of extra things to worry about!
Tip #1: Give Them The Nutrition They Need
Feeding them healthy foods helps, but even the best diets can sometimes lack ALL of the nutrients your kids’ growing bodies need. With Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies from Target, your kids can enjoy getting the essential daily nutritional support they may be lacking. These chewy gummies even come in tasty ALL-NATURAL fruit flavors like orange, cherry and mixed berry.
The Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamin Gummies help fill many of the key nutrient gaps from your kiddos’ daily diet and support overall health.† They contain 12 essential nutrients for age-specific nutritional support, including vitamins A, C, D and E – as well as B vitamins, and minerals like iodine and zinc. No synthetic dyes in these gummies, no preservatives or yeast AND they’re gluten free!
Tip #2: Exercise
This may be super simple, as most kids are always on-the-go and highly active anyway – but do make sure they’re getting plenty of exercise for their growing bodies. Whether it’s in activities like sports, walking around the zoo, swimming, or even playing tag and spending time on the playground, keep them strong and active.
Tip #3: Teach Them the Importance of Washing Hands
There’s no way to avoid ALL the germs around schools, and it probably wouldn’t be good to have zero contact with germs anyway. But help your kids avoid a lot of it by teaching them how to properly wash their hands, and why it’s important. Some kids don’t bother washing their hands when they’re not being supervised, because they don’t know WHY they’re told to do so. Make up a fun song they can sing while they wash, or have a fun soap!
Tip #4: Rest is Key
With school starting so early (at least for us) it’s super important during the school year to get them back to an appropriate bedtime so they can get the rest their growing bodies desperately need. Even their minds need a break from the day! Try to stick with a regular bedtime as much as possible, and that will help them get use to falling asleep at that time – after all, bedtime fights are on fun!
Tip #5: If They’re Sick, Keep Them Home
I know, it’s important for them to attend school as much as possible – plus some parents have to work – but it’s crucial that if they’re sick enough to be home, that that’s where they are. A lot of sicknesses that are ‘going around’ are because those carrying it are exposing others unnecessarily. Yes, sometimes the disease isn’t known until after it’s already been shared, and sometimes they look fully recovered but aren’t. There are plenty of times, though, when kids are sent to school when they clearly shouldn’t be there. They then pass it around, others get sick, and it can turn into an awful, miserable cycle. Use your best judgement and remember – if you wouldn’t want someone else’s kid to expose yours, why expose them?
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†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.