I love Christmas, but Winter and I have a love/hate relationship. Having had the flu several years in a row I am all about beating winter time bugs, especially in the kiddos. Snotty noses are part and parcel of winter, mainly unavoidable as little noses flit from central heating to the colder fresh air of the outdoors.
However we can do some little things to help give our smalls a healthy boost and hopefully keep them relatively healthy this season.
Get out doors!
I am a great believer in getting kids outside for good periods of the day regardless of the weather. The fresh cold air that gives our scarf wearing kiddos those rosy cheeks helps boost their circulation, increases their happy hormones, and also gets them in the winter sunshine for a top up of vitamin D. It also helps use up some of that pent up energy, so less moodies from homronal teens, hopefully!
Get the windows open!
Shove a jumper on, turn the heating down low, pull the duvets back and get those windows open. Yes it will be chilly for a very short time but the positive benefits are worth it. Opening the windows allows stale air to be replaced with fresh crisp air. Condensation build up can also be reduced, also reducing the risk of mould on the window frames and cills which can lead to health issues. Just 15-20 minutes a day is all you need to keep the air fresh in your home.
Eat your 5 a day!
With the body working a little harder to keep warm, and fewer day light hours, now is the time to fill your body up with goodness. Fill your plates with plenty of veg and make the most of the seasons offerings. Root vegetables are great fillers in soup, casseroles and as mash. Satsumas, clementine’s and tangerines should be overflowing in the supermarkets and are ideal for kids lunch boxes and for the desk drawer too.
Don’t skip breakfast!
My teen is terrible for skipping breakfast, and yet she always feels better after having it. Be it porridge oats or Weetabix, add some warm milk and honey to give your smalls a boost to their day. You can also add some fruit to help get in their 5 a day!
Give them a boost!
I don’t mean the chocolate bar, I mean with multivitamins. There are plenty great multivitamins out there on the market. Supermarkets often have deals on, and there are usually chewy ones for the smaller members of the family. Make sure they are suitable for their age, for example I picked up teen specific ones for my girl and Mr Men ones for my boy.
Do it together!
Kids are more eager to do things when their parents lead the way. This is especially true of our autistic children. When we are pulling our wellies and coats on, so are they. When we make the time to stop for breakfast, so do they. Kids learn best by observation and participation. Get in on the action and help show your family what a healthy winter feels like.
So enjoy your winter, beat the blues and keep your family healthy and fighting fit.
If illness does strike, here are a few of the things I keep on hand to help with the clean up!
Method Anti-Bac. This is a godsend for me. After the boy spent the best part of the other night vomiting, the rhubarb anti-bac from Method was a total life saver! Not only did it neutralise the awful stink that is vomit, but it also made clean up super quick too. Kitchen roll, a bin bag and a few sprays later and you’d never have known anyone had been sick.
Zoflora. There are some amazing scents available, including a great smelling Christmas one. I keep a spray bottle with some diluted solution on hand to quickly clean and anti-bac the house. I spray the mattresses and curtains down once or twice a month, and leave it dry with the windows open before remaking the beds. I also use it to freshen everywhere else too, like the sofa and carpets. It is amazing, and has been a regular in my cleaning cupboard for over 15 years.
Vicks & Vaseline. Coughs, sore throats and stuffy noses all get a good rub of Vicks on their chest and soles of their feet. Vaseline helps stop little lips from drying out and noses getting sore. They are in easy reach at all times! I even keep some in my bedside table just in case.
Tissues. I keep small packs in my handbags and the car because snotsicles that reach the navel are gonna happen at the most impromptu time. I also keep tissue boxes in the living room and my bedroom. They are a regular feature on my weekly shop, and it means the sneezes and nose blows can be quickly deposited into the bin followed by a hand wash.
What do you swear by for beating winter time bugs and keeping the family healthy? Do you have any go to items to aid in the clean up when the smalls get ill? Let me know in the comments below!
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