Five Healthy Habits to Teach Your Kids

Trust me this goes a long way in avoiding illness... and raising healthy children.

So we know that children will be children … they prefer to play even when they are recovering from illness rather than resting! This is one of the main reasons for the spreading of germs and transfering bugs to other kids.

Parents must therefore teach kids these few things to avoid falling sick themselves and transmitting the bugs to others. These things can be easily taught to kids of age 2-3 years. They'll probably need some practice, so ‘teach them over and over’ until it becomes a habit.

1: Washing hands regularly

Hand washing is one of the most important habit and also the best way to prevent cold and flu. Help your child lather up with soap and warm water for 10 seconds. Prior to rinsing and drying their hands well. Encourage them to wash their hands often, especially after visiting the toilet, before and after eating food, after coming in from outside, and when hands look dirty. If soaps aren’t available use hand sanitizer instead.

2: Use separate utensils

Kids often like to share drinks and food... but if someone has cold or flu they can unintentionally spread viruses. That is why it is recommended that kids are encouraged to eat from their plate, use their own glass and cutlery. As responsible parents, you would already know that kids like to imitate their parents and hence leading through example is by far the best way to teach them something. Hence practice what you preach!

3: Cover the mouth while coughing or sneezing

Encourage them to know the importance of covering the mouth while coughing or sneezing because that’s one way for the germs to fly far. Covering the face with hands is pretty easy but its important to wash hands after that else it’s a catch 22 situation. Therefore its preferable to cover your face with insides of your elbow. Parents can even show it to your kids, they may find it silly and funny enough to start imitating parents.

4: Get enough rest

Kids need to get enough sleep, 10 to 11 hours a night for school-age children (ages 5 to 10) and more for younger children. That can help their immune system work well and helps them recover faster from cold or flu. When your kid has flu, they'll probably need more sleep. If they only have a cold but they seems as active as ever, encourage them to lie down and rest for a while, even if they doesn't fall asleep.

5: It’s OK to postpone parties

Help your children understand that when they're sick, they need to stay home. If they go to birthday parties, and other activities when they're not feeling well, they can spread their germs. Its also a good opportunities for the family to do something fun together! If your kid is healthy and their friend is sniffling, remind them to wash their hands often especially before and after the party and if you can without putting yourself in an embarrassing situation, ask them not to touch their friend's hands. We all know that kids crave fun … you can even give them some fun ideas or even ask them to come up with some great idea of games in which there isn't too much physical touch involved.

By teaching your kids these few steps you can at least find a little peace concerning their health and well-being.