Tips to Stay Healthy in Winter
Progressive Play Preschool in Hesperia, California, takes the health and well-being of students and families very seriously. These are three ways to keep your winter health in check:
- Wash up! Hand hygiene is an essential stepfamily can take to prevent spreading germs and getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that hand washing can reduce the risk of getting sick from colds and other respiratory diseases by 16-21%. Progressive Play Preschool was committed to educating families and students about handwashing best practices. We launched our initiative, Wash up. Families can visit our Wash Up page to learn more about handwashing. We have books, information packets, and songs they can share with their children as they wash their hands.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It is essential to stay hydrated, especially during winter when the air is dryer. Children will lose more water due to dry air. Make sure they drink water and warm drinks while they’re outside. Families consider soup a lunch or dinner option after a few hours of play. This helps to warm them up and fills their stomachs.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics states that children are less capable of controlling their body temperature than adults. A drop of even one degree in body temperature can weaken a child’s immunity against viruses and illnesses. Children can become susceptible to hypothermia. Small children lose heat more quickly than adults, and they are more likely not to realize they are cold. It is up to their parents to protect them from the effects of hypothermia.
The weather forecast is something that families should be aware of. The weather forecast allows families to dress their children appropriately and provide additional clothing and accessories to help them protect themselves against the elements—layer when in doubt. Layering gives you the flexibility to adapt to changes in weather or activities. Layering is essential because it allows you to be both warm and dry. Don’t forget to include small clothing items like gloves, scarves, and hats. These are equally important for keeping your child warm and protected.
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