Dr. Noha Baz's 6 tips for keeping your family healthy this winter

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.)

  6. 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. 

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How to survive January: 6 tips for parents in Beirut

January: it’s grey, there’s still no snow, and spring is a long way off. How to get ourselves, and the kids, back into the daily routine, without losing some of that festive buzz?

Here are our six tips for surviving the bluest month of the year.

1. Make New Year’s Resolutions fun

It’s not too late to set a hopeful tone for the year! Child psychologists say that 7-12 years is the optimal age for kids to make New Year’s Resolutions, because their habits are still developing. Parents Magazine recommends you keep them light, positive and make them together as a family. 

2. Learn a life skill

Equipping yourself with skills to handle the year ahead is great for your brain, and great for the family’s health and welfare. Join Jaleesa’s new programme of learnings for parents, in partnership with Dent de Lait. Our first session is First Aid and CPR for Parents, on 8 January. Later this month we’ll also be offering de-stress yoga for busy moms and dads. Child care is provided – of course!

3. Treats for everyone

Invest Sunday afternoon in making healthy, fun treats with the kids. Top of our list is chocolate hummus (what would teta say!) This fantastic online resource is full quick and healthy treats – all from ingredients in stock at supermarkets in Beirut. For an added mood boost: use the store’s delivery service… and spend the extra time snuggling.

4. Prepare for the traffic

The third Monday of January is believed (by some) to be “the most depressing day of the year”. Equip yourself for the Monday traffic with a kids’ playlist that won’t make you want to crash the car, and keep the zoo calm with some of those healthy treats you baked yesterday. Or maybe your supportive partner would like to handle the school run today..?

5. Stimulate the kids’ brains

January in Beirut is full of amazing activities for kids and family. From Geek Express’ coding workshops to cookery classes for kids and those with special needs, the January blues are no excuse for sitting around.

and finally…

6. Take some time off!

Let a Jaleesa babysitter take the strain: take your other half (or your pals) out for dinner and a movie! We can’t always be superheroes: time to rejuvenate will pay off tomorrow. To meet and book trusted babysitters, click here.

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Should I provide lunch for my babysitter?

It’s the first week of a new year! And new families are already joining the Jaleesa community in 2018.

One mom has her first booking with us tomorrow – the excellent Fatima will be looking after her baby for the whole day. Our new mom asked a great question:

Should I provide lunch for my babysitter, or will she bring her own food?

In the first months of parenthood – and, let’s be honest, for years after that too! – it can be an effort just to feed the baby and yourself, let alone prepare food for a third person! So you can agree with your babysitter what works best: either she/he can bring food, or you can provide whatever’s cooking at home. 

Once you’ve confirmed your booking our team connects you and your sitter directly, so you can ask this and any other questions via Whatsapp or phone.

More questions?

Our Frequently Asked Questions page is a mine of useful information about babysitting, and Jaleesa’s services. For answers to this and other babysitting questions, click here.

To meet and book trained, trusted babysitters, visit www.jaleesa.co now.

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