keeping kids healthy in cold weather
Follow these tips to reduce their risk of catching the flu. CHECK THAT THEY’RE MEDICALLY FIT TO TRAVEL
Take them to the paediatrician before they travel, to ensure that they’re healthy enough to go on a winter holiday, says Dr Raymond Choy, a general practitioner at Raffles Medical, Terminal 3 Changi Airport.
“They should have had all their vaccinations, but I recommend they get the flu vaccine, too. Don’t forget to bring their medical summary, as well as a list of any medications they may be on.”
MAKE SURE THEY GET ENOUGH REST
Sleep deprivation can affect their immune system and make them more susceptible to illnesses. To prevent this from happening, Dr Choy suggests allowing your kids to rest a lot before they fly, and after they land, especially if they are jet-lagged.
“Avoid long-haul, non-stop flights,” he explains. “If you break up the journey, your kids will have a chance to rest during transit.”
DRESS THEM IN LAYERS
including scarves and long johns, to keep them warm. This makes it easy to remove outerwear as needed when your kids enter a heated room or vehicle, says Dr Low Kah Tzay, a paediatrician at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
To prevent frostbite, be sure to protect their fingers and ears from the cold. And if it rains or your kids play in the snow, you’ll want to get them changed out of their wet clothes as soon as possible.
KEEP THEM HYDRATED AND WELL FED
“As temperate countries tend to have lower humidity, it’s important to give your children plenty of water to drink,” says Dr Low.
Don’t let them skip meals, and give them vitamin- and energy-packed snacks like fresh fruit. Juices and hot soup are also nourishing, and will help keep them hydrated and warm, adds Dr Choy.