7 Health Tips for Your Children This Autumn

Autumn is a season of change. The leaves are turning new colours and dropping to prepare for the winter. Animals are stocking up on food to last through the winter. And, of course, the temperatures are steadily decreasing.

Another thing this season brings, though, is illness. More people tend to get sick in the Autumn, whether because of allergies or the flu. Germs have an easier time spreading because the colder temperatures and longer nights keep everyone indoors.

Being invested in your child’s health through every season is part of being a parent. However, if you need some extra help for this season, here are seven health tips for your children this autumn.

1. Keep Your Home Warm

Autumn days are much cooler, but maybe you haven’t turned on the heating in your home just yet. Although you want to save as much money on your energy bills as possible, holding out to heat your home could cause your child to come down with an illness much quicker. Once the sun goes down, those high 60-degree days turn into cold nights.

Living in a cold house can cause a variety of illnesses in the autumn, like the flu or a common cold, and symptoms can be worse in a cold home. When you turn on the heating for the winter, make sure that the vents are clean to prevent extra allergens from entering the house.

2. Limit the Time They Spend in the Leaves

You probably grew up playing in the leaves in the autumn. Not much is more fun than jumping into a big pile of raked leaves! It’s a nostalgic activity, and you’ve likely involved your children in jumping in the autumn leaves, too. However, too much exposure to the leaves can cause health problems.

Your kids could end up with scratches and injuries due to small sticks and rocks hiding in leaf piles. Plus, there may be harmful critters hiding in the leaves. Additionally, your kids could be exposed to mould. Wet leaves gather mould and harmful bacteria, which could cause an allergic reaction.

3. Update Your Child’s Vaccinations

Autumn is a great time to update your children’s vaccinations. During the autumn season, the annual flu shot becomes available. Continue to follow the recommended vaccination schedule for children and get any necessary boosters for them.

Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccine should be available for children now between the ages of 5 and 11. When your child receives the vaccine, they will be less likely to develop symptoms if exposed to the virus. Be sure to get your vaccine, too, if you haven’t already.

4. Remind Them to Practice Good Hygiene

Hygiene is always important for kids. Last year, health professionals stressed the importance of proper handwashing. Teach your child the appropriate way to wash their hands, which can minimize the spread of germs and illnesses. Your children should wash their hands:
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
  • Before and after eating
  • After handling pets, pet food or pet waste
  • After touching a contaminated surface
When your child doesn’t have access to a handwashing station, they should use sanitiser. In addition to proper handwashing, make sure your kids are brushing their teeth, showering or bathing and keeping their hair and nails clean.

5. Protect Their Mental Health

Another way to keep your kids healthy this autumn is to protect their mental health. Mental wellbeing is just as crucial as physical wellbeing. This past year, more people struggled with mental health than in years past due to isolation and the uncertainty of the future.

Let your children know that it’s okay to talk with you about their feelings. Teach them various methods to reduce their stress, like breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. If your child is severely struggling with a mental health issue, take them to see a therapist.

6. Ensure They Get Enough Sleep

Kids need sleep. School, activities and screens can keep them up for hours at night. Now that the days are shorter, your kids will be inside more, making them more prone to stare at their screens and less likely to get physical activity, which can help them autumn asleep faster.

The sleep foundation has recommended a certain number of hours of sleep for children of different ages to get every night. With proper sleep, your child can function better and be healthier overall this season.

7. Offer Healthy Snacks and Water

Make sure your kids continue eating healthy foods throughout the autumn. Stock up on vegetables and lean proteins. Ensure your kids are getting enough nutritious foods this autumn. Seasonal foods like apples, squash, pears, brussels sprouts and bell peppers are all great this time of year. A healthy diet can build up a robust immune system.

Additionally, make sure your children are drinking enough water. In the autumn, it’s more challenging to remember to get enough water in your system because the temperatures are cooler. However, kids need water every day to help flush out anything bad that enters their bodies and keep them hydrated.

Don’t Let Autumn Get Your Children Down

With these tips, your kids will be less likely to get sick this season. Keeping them healthy should be your priority every season of the year.

*This is a collaborative post*

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