As mothers, one of our single most important roles is to protect our children from everything that may cause them discomfort. And, as we all know, having a child with a bad cold or flu, they're definitely not comfortable. That's why it's crucial to have everything at the ready to keep our homes and, in turn, our children as germ-free as possible this cold season. Let's take a look at some easy ways to get that done and hopefully lighten that heavy load that motherhood can sometimes be. But a load that is always worth it nonetheless.
An Ounce Of Prevention
They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As mommies, we've no doubt seen this come true time and time again. So, make sure you're doing what you can through diet and exercise to keep your children's immune system in peak performance. Though it may be cold outside, it's still important to get that outdoor play-in. And, even though it may not seem like it due to the cooler temperatures, your children are still absorbing Vitamin D through the sunlight while outside. They may be more covered than usual, but that small amount they get on their face and hands is still beneficial.
Make sure they're eating as healthy as possible during the colder months too. Of course, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies, and Christmas cookies are going to be eaten - not to mention all the hot cocoa they'll be sipping. That's why it's even more important than ever to pack balanced, nutritious lunches and snacks for school and serve healthy dishes at home. Try eating more fruits and vegetables than you're maybe used to, perhaps even eat plant-based several nights a week.
You Still Need A Cure Sometimes
Sure, diet and exercise and a healthy lifestyle will go a long way to keeping you and your loved ones healthy during fall and winter, but there are plenty of occasions when you need to see a doctor or pediatrician. Don't hesitate to take your child in if they're running a fever that worries you or has any lingering issues after a day or two. The easiest way to help protect your children is sometimes admitting you need other's help in doing so.
Stock Up On Supplies
Make sure your house is ready for fall and winter as far as all the necessary supplies go to keep people healthy. This encompasses cleaning products like a disinfectant spray you trust, hand sanitizers, and other cleaning products to keep your home germ-free. Additionally, you'll want to be stocked up on the go-to medicines or supplements that your family turns to when they're feeling under the weather. No one wants to make a run to a drugstore at midnight when the toddler starts coughing enough that they can't fall back asleep. So have all those types of items on hand preventatively, and you'll be ready to tackle anything that comes your way. You could also consider adding things like ice packs, humidifiers, and thermometers to this list, so you have backups, or at least double-check that all your medical devices for the kids are currently in good working order.
Check The Closets, Then Double-Check
Please make sure your children are prepared for the weather as far as their wardrobe goes. Sure, it sounds like a no-brainer, but we've all been there on the season's first snow, and our youngest doesn't have snow boots that fit them, or maybe a proper snowsuit. So double-check your children's wardrobes, make sure they've got all the essentials they need to keep them warm and healthy this season. Gloves, scarves, hats, earmuffs, snow boots, and snowsuits. If you have multiple children, this is a great chance to save money and be more sustainable by using hand-me-downs for the younger children. Then whatever you need to purchase, try finding secondhand first, which will save you money and also have a positive environmental impact.
This cold season, in particular, may seem daunting, but don't let it be. You know your children and how to take care of them and keep them safe. You've got this, mama! And hopefully, this list helped a little.
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