The school year is coming to a close in a few months, and we all know that the warmer months can be hectic with sports, vacations and friends.
From traveling to nights out at bonfires, keep your kids healthy, happy and safe with our tips and tricks.
START YOUR DAY THE RIGHT WAY
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (they say), and it doesn’t have to be hard.
Depending on how much time you have, you could get creative. For example, breakfast popsicles are a great idea when it’s a little warmer outside and you need to get on the road quickly; however, if you’ve got the time, try french toast with berries.
Let your children get involved. This is a great way to introduce them into food selection!
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, a healthy eating schedule should consist of:
- Whole Grains
- Fat-free/low-fat milk
- Lean meats such as skinless chicken
Having a healthy diet can manage weight and energy.
To read our in-depth blog on nutrition, click here.
KEEP YOUR KID/S ACTIVE
During the warmer months, it can be hard to get your kid/s to move. Motivate them by getting involved instead of just sending them outside.
According to the Center for Disease Control, a child should get:
- 60 minutes of aerobic activity three times a week such as walking, running or swimming
- 60 minutes of muscle strengthening activities three times a week such as gymnastics or push-ups
- 60 minutes of bone strengthening activities three times a week such as jumping rope
If your family has bikes, get out and ride your bikes around your neighborhood or find a local trail.
Don’t have a swimming pool, but have sprinklers? Get your swimsuits on! Use your sprinklers as a makeshift water hose and run around.
Overall, you should be positive about the physical activities your child participates in and try to get active with them yourself.
To keep your child active, make physical activity a part of your family’s routine.
BEAT THE SUN
Beating the heat and not getting sunburn is important. Did you know that you should be wearing sunscreen year round? This means in the winter, too.
If your child is out in the sun all day, make sure to know what SPF the sunscreen or sunblock you’re using is.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. To understand how long it works for, multiply the amount of time it takes your unprotected skin to get burned by the SPF number on the bottle.
That number does not allow for if you’re sweating during activities.
If your child has sensitive skin, sunblock could be better because of the gentler ingredients.
DON’T GET STUNG OR BITTEN
Getting stung by a bug or bee is not fun, and it hurts.
Mosquito bites are common and usually only result in mild allergic reactions, which go away in a short time. Unfortunately, there could be more serious reactions to mosquito bites such as Zika, West Nile, encephalitis, malaria, dengue fever or chikungunya.
If you’re bitten by a mosquito:
- Wash the area with water and soap
- Apply an anti-itch cream, which can reduce inflammation
- Apply ice to reduce the swelling and itching
- Take an antihistamine to combat any allergic reaction
Do not scratch the area. This can inflame the area, cause the itching to actually get worse and cause infection.
Seek medical attention if the redness, itching or swelling does not go away. If your child has a fever, headache or body aches, seek medical attention.
Avoid getting mosquito bites by covering exposed skin, using repellent, making sure there are screens on all windows and doors and avoiding any standing water.
There are many different kinds of bees.
If your child gets stung by a bee:
- Remove the stinger
- Wash the area with soap and water
- Apply ice
- Give them a children’s pain reliever, if necessary
To avoid getting stung, wear shoes outside, don’t mess with hives, don’t wear scent heavy perfumes, shampoo or sprays. Also, avoid trash cans and carrying around open cans of pop/soda.
Do not swat at a flying bee around you. It can make them angry.
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