It’s the fear of every parent. Especially during these times of uncertainty, the last thing you want as a parent is for your child or children to experience any kind of sickness. A part of parenting is monitoring and taking care of the children when they do get sick, something that will undoubtedly happen. The best preparation is to expect the truth; children get sick due to various reasons. The strategy to decrease the chances of your young children getting sick is to take the necessary steps to provide a safe environment.
Sharing Is Caring—Isn’t It?
Teaching kids to share is a good example of following particular and specific ethics. However, sharing toys and other items may not be such a good thing. The reason sharing can be a dangerous practice is because of the vast amount of bacteria that spread onto things such as toys.
To dive deeper, sharing is a valuable thing to teach our young children. However, stopping the spread of germs and bacteria is important in preventing sickness in your young children. Some behaviors such as rough housing can lead to the spread of germs as well. Remember to remind your children not to expose other children if they have a cough or a runny nose. These are indicators of sickness.
Hand washing is the most basic line of defense against the spreading of germs and bacteria. It may be difficult to inspire children to wash their hands. Make it fun for them. Have them sing a song or do a dance while washing their hands. Once your children understand why it’s important to wash your hands properly, they may be more likely to do so of their own volition.
Science has proven that hand washing eliminates a high percentage of the germs that cause sickness. It allows your children to gather hands-on experience in taking care of themselves. Doing this will also help prevent the spreading of germs to other children. If you tell them they are helping other kids out, chances are they will want to continue doing it.
Eating right is an excellent way to maintain healthy levels of vitamins and nutrients critical for fighting against sickness. The problem with this is that most young children do not eat properly. This is where the parents step in to ensure their young children are eating fruits and vegetables that help prevent sickness.
Your children’s health is of the utmost importance. Following proper hygiene, such as washing hands and avoiding toys that are shared, along with a balanced and nutritious diet will help battle the threat of childhood sickness.
For more health-based parenting tips, read this other great article: What Moms Should Know About Foodborne Illnesses