Keeping Kids Healthy During the Summer {4 tips}

There is nothing worse that having sick kids during the summer.  I’m sure that everyone would agree that this statement is overwhelmingly correctly, from both the parents perspective, and the kids point of view!   Even though my memory is failing, I’m pretty sure that I can recall every day of every summer that was miserable when I was growing up, and I bet my parents can too!  That’s why now that I have  FIVE kids, I try my hardest to make sure they stay as healthy as possible.  I want to keep terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad days to a minimum.  {{smiling}}

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4 Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy During the Summer

1.  Sunscreen / Skin Protection

Sunscreen / skin protection is my biggest tip.  Not much kills a perfectly perfect summer day than sunburnt skin.  Not only does it hurt, it is BAD.  Bad at the time, and bad for the future of ones skin.  Make it a point to apply sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day, even if it seems overcast outside.  Teach kids early on the importance of staying protected from harmful UV rays.  Have your kiddos wear swim shirts/rash guards when swimming, and hats and sunglasses aren’t a bad ideas when out in the sun either.

2.  Antibacterial wipes

Buy some antibacterial wipes and use them!  Most people do lots of exploring and vacationing during the summer, which means they are in places touching things that many other people have have touched too.  Stay on the safe side and use antibacterial wipes to clean surfaces that you have to touch and wash hands regularly!

3.  Hydration

Drink lots of water!  So many times when my kids are having the time of their lives during the summer they forget to stay hydrated.  I have to remind them to drink lots of water so that their summer isn’t ruined by headaches caused by de-hydration!

4.  Balanced Diet

We are on the go most of the summer which means many less dinners at home than the rest of the year, so it takes much more effort to eat a balanced diet.  However, eating a balanced diet is so important!  When heading out on excursions, take fruits and vegetables for snacks instead of chips or other salty, or fat filled snacks and I think you’ll notice a big difference in energy levels and health!  {{I have}}

So far, we’ve stayed healthy this summer!  What about you?

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