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Five Health Tips for Your Little Angels This Winter.

Winter can be one hectic season for children and some might even fake an illness to avoid going to school. Young children are less likely to recognise when they are cold and more likely to lose body heat quickly due to their smaller size. When temperatures drop, children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy. Here are five tips to protect your little angels from the cold this winter.

1. Insist on Warm Clothing

Now that it’s winter, make sure when the little one runs off to school, the head, neck and hands are covered. When dressing him/her up, always remember to put an extra thin layer of tights beneath those slacks, a double-knit jersey, a woollen “monkey” hat and small gloves. The rule of thumb for young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. But avoid over-doing it; the little one might get too cosy to learn the ABCs!

2. Handle the Cough or Runny-nose well

The winter season brings along with it some health setbacks. When children are in school and in closer contact with each other, they easily transmit contagious infections through handshakes, sharing of little things and sitting arrangements. Frequent hand-washing and teaching your child to sneeze or cough into the bend of her elbow may help reduce the spread of colds and flu. You can also buy a small hand-sanitiser tube for him/her to use after a sneezing or coughing.

3. Keep Them Running

The winter season must not stop the little ones from enjoying sports and out-door activities. If they play sports at school, just make sure to pack a warm tracksuit, trainers and thick stockings so that they retain the warmth whilst having fun. At home, set reasonable time limits for out-door activities to prevent hypothermia. Tell children to come inside if they get wet or if they’re cold.

4. Hydration Is Key

In drier winter air, kids lose more water through their breath. It’s important to feed your child properly to maintain his/her health. Drinking more fluids like water, tea, coffee and fruit juice is vital in winter to keep the body hydrated. Additionally, whole grains like rice, sadza, wheat and oats also have a warming effect. Fruits like apples and oranges are also recommended as they retain water in the body. Include more greens in the meals as they are rich in Vitamins A, C and K. Whatever you do, keep them drinking and try giving them warm soup for extra appeal.

5. Ventilate Their Little Rooms

Sometimes it just gets so chilly and cold that most parents feel the need to close the windows tightly and add more blankets, plus the heater. This however, is not healthy because it encourages stuffy rooms and still air. If not moderated, it may lead to breathing congestion as there will be a lack in oxygen and fresh air. In winter, it is important to always open the windows, clean the rooms frequently and air-out blankets to avoid dust which mostly triggers hay fever and flu.

Going back to school this winter should therefore be a memorable experience for the kids and parents alike. At Corporate 24 Medical Aid, we’ll help you beat the winter chill, have fun with your family and always have the assurance that you and your little angels are covered in more ways than one!

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