keep­ing kids healthy in cold weather

Young Parents (Singapore) - - RECIPES -

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.

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