This time of year parents can’t stop talking about how to keep their families healthy. It’s cold, it’s raining, it’s windy, and worst of all, everyone else in the world seems to be coughing and sniffling.
We asked pediatrician Dr. Noha Baz for her tips for keeping your family healthy when the weather turns cold.
- Avoid malls and crowded places. This is very important in the cold season because a lot of people are coughing and have runny noses. Inside malls air is recycled, this means all the viruses are spread around. For toddlers and young kids, this is very unhealthy.
- I always recommend to avoid daycares. Parents might have to put their kids in a daycare, but they have to know that this is an epicenter of viruses. If children do get sick, keep them home or one or two days. This is very good for preventing the spread of viruses and common colds.
- Avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup, don’t rush to give treats. Too much refined sugar decreases the immunity. Serve homemade soups or stews, organic vegetables and fruit instead of sugary things.
- This is super relevant for Lebanon! Avoid keeping kids in closed cars and in traffic jams for hours. Inside a car, the air is filled with toxic particles coming from traffic. The quality of air is just terrible.
- In my waiting room and inside my house, I have aromatic plants like eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, etc. This kills all the germs and bacteria if one person in the family is sick. I use this every day! It’s been demonstrated that this has been helpful, the essential oils of this category are very beneficial. (This trick is suitable for families with kids over one year old.)
- Get outside when the weather is sunny! Take kids for a ride next to the sea or a walk in nature, instead of putting them in daycares or in a play center.
Do you have a trick or tip that isn’t listed here? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list. Let’s make this a community effort.
Dr. Noha Baz is a pediatrician, general clinician, a member of the French Pediatric Society, and founder of Les Petits Soleils association. Her book Un Petit Soleil dans Votre Cuisine (in French), about healthy eating from birth, is available at Antoine bookstores.
Source: jaleesa blog