Keeping Children Healthy

We’re all taking a break from travel right now, but keeping children healthy at home can be challenging, too. Your children mean the world to you and as such you want them to live long and fulfilling lives. Listed below are a few tips to keep your children safe, happy, and healthy.

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Consider a Water Softener

Harsh chemicals can have a negative impact on your child’s overall health. Hard water may contain fluoride and minerals that can prevent the development of strong teeth and bones. The good news is that installing a water softener will remove these potentially harmful additives. It also helps to keep the skin soft and supple, reducing the presence of rashes and dry skin and will make appliances last longer.

A Healthy Diet

Good nutrition, especially in the early years of child development, will promote a lifetime of healthy eating habits. Provide lean meats, protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy beverages like milk and yogurt. When traveling, it’s important to stay on track with their diet as much as possible. The purchase of a large portable cooler and BPA-free storage containers with locking lids will allow you to do so. 

Keeping Children Fit

A lifetime of obesity, unfortunately, begins at a very young age. The combination of poor eating habits compounded by little or no exercise during the early years of growth is a recipe for becoming overweight. Thankfully, you can prevent your child from becoming a statistic. Incorporate regular exercise three to four times each week. It’s also important to encourage activities that get them up and moving. Get them outdoors to ride bikes, play ball, or play a game of hide-and-seek.

Know Where They Are and What They Are Doing

Technology is wonderful. It makes your life easier. Unfortunately, there are people who use technology to lure children to them. When your child is online on their tablet, phone, or computer, make sure that you monitor the sites they visit and who they talk to. If they say they are going to a friend’s house, take them and receive a confirmation from the other parent. 

Safeguarding Your Home

Small children first learning to crawl and walk are very curious. They don’t know that putting a spoon in a socket is dangerous and potentially harmful. They also don’t know that they can fall when attempting to climb stairs and that cleaning products can cost them their lives. It’s up to you, as the parent, to safeguard your home ahead of time to ensure that your child remains safe. 

Pets are Not Always Kid-Friendly

If you had a dog or a cat prior to the birth of your first child, you need to make every effort to create a bond between the two from the start. One way the adults introduce a new baby to their pet is through the receiving blanket at the hospital. While mommy and baby are still admitted, the spouse brings the receiving blanket home with the baby’s scent. This lets your pet identify and become familiar with the newest addition ahead of arrival. If you’re considering buying a dog and you have young children, do thorough research of dog breeds to find ones that adapt easily to children. 

Wash Your Hands

Your hands touch everything and then you use them to touch your face, your eyes, and your nose. Teach children at an early age to wash their hands often. This is especially important after coming in from stores, school, or outdoors. 

A Place Called Home

Anyone can become a mother or a father. However, it takes commitment, love, and devotion to become a mom and dad. Children need nurturing at a young age to develop mentally. When a child knows that they have a place called home that provides a protective sanctuary, they are at ease. 

All want what’s best for their children. Take these steps to promote a safe and healthy existence.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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