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Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Winter

Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Winter WASH HANDS Wash your own hands often, and make sure your kids do the same Kids with good hygiene miss less school than kids who don't practice good hygiene Teach your kids to wash their hands: · Before and after eating · After coughing or sneezing · After using the restroom • When returning home from school STAY WARM Layer your children's clothing if they're going out on cold days Keep in mind that the wind chill can make it feel colder than the actual temperature Ensure kids take regular breaks inside during winter play to warm up EAT RIGHT Feed your kids well-balanced meals and healthy snacks even when you're on-the-go Vitamins and minerals can help ward off seasonal illnesses like colds and flus Ask your pediatrician if you should be giving your child a multi-vitamin GET FLU SHOTS An average of 20,000 kids under age 5 go to the hospital because of flu each year Kids with diabetes, asthma, and other chronic conditions are particularly susceptible Find out from your pediatrician if your child can get the nasal spray instead of a shot PREPARE FOOD SAFELY Use caution when you're preparing meals, especially big holiday feasts Wash your hands often, and don't cross-contaminate knives or cutting boards Make sure all cooked meals are hot enough using a food thermometer • Undercooked foods can cause foodborne illnesses • Symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, fever, chills, and dizziness LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP wwW.PEDIATRICIANSLEESSUMMIT.NET Sources: www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm www.parenting.com/article/winter-health-guide www.everydayfamily.com/6-ways-to-keep-your-kids-healthy-this-winter/ www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/foodborne-il Inesses/Pages/facts.aspx

Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Winter

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Vitamins and minerals can help ward off seasonal illnesses like colds and flus. That’s why you should feed your kids well-balanced meals and healthy snacks, even when you’re on-the-go! Find other ...

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