The summer holidays are looming, and every parent wants to make sure that the holidays are packed with fun, rather than worrying about illnesses or emergencies. Of course, it’s not always possible to avoid accidents, and you never know when illness will strike, but there are some steps you can take to try and keep your kids as healthy as possible while school’s out.Book a trip to the dentist
If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, the holidays are a great time to book a trip to the dental clinic. Routine checks only take a few minutes, and you can make sure everything is OK without your children missing out on valuable classroom time. Many practices offer family appointments so you can get all checked out at the same time. If you do go to the dentist on a regular basis, you can reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay significantly.
When the sun’s shining and the skies are blue, it’s wonderful to be able to get out and about and enjoy some quality time with your kids in the fresh air. This summer, make the most of the weather, and try and be more active. Swap days in front of the TV or gaming tournaments for beach trips, frisbee competitions at the park or family bike rides. It’s really beneficial for both children and adults to be active. Exercise lifts your mood, and it’ll also reduce your risk of health complications linked to obesity, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Use your intuition
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone, so use your intuition if you think things aren’t quite right. If your child is quieter or more emotional than usual, they’re sleeping a lot, or they aren’t eating, book an appointment with the doctor or arrange an online call through a service like GP at Hand. There’s every chance that your child will shake off a cold or a bad night’s sleep without any trouble at all, but if you are worried that it may be something more serious, it’s always worth getting them checked out.
Summer is synonymous with ice creams and barbecues, and while it’s perfectly fine to have a treat from time to time, it’s hugely beneficial to embrace healthy eating. Try and get your kids to try new foods and aim to hit the 5-a-day target as a family. If your children are reluctant to eat their greens or they’re not keen on fruit, be creative with your presentation, and make the food look really fun. You can turn celery sticks and raisins into animals, make smiley faces or create flowers from green beans, peppers, and tomatoes. Use your imagination, and if you’re struggling, check out some innovative ideas online.
The holidays are almost here, and what better time to try and get healthy and keep illnesses and injuries at bay? If you’re a parent, hopefully, you’ll find this guide helpful.