Keeping Your Child Well Through The Winter
Crouch End Preschool work hard to keep your loved one happy and healthy throughout winter. With summer saying its sad goodbye to us all, we can really feel the cold winter days approaching fast.
We all know what is rife in the winter months: coughs, colds, chills and bugs. Aiming to keep your child healthy and well is a top priority for all parents and preschools.
Here at The Crouch End Preschool, we make it our top priority to ensure that our parents and children have all the information available to keep fit and healthy during the cold, winter months.
Here’s our helpful guide to keeping your child well through the winter.
Wash Those Hands
The most tried and tested method of prevention of the spread of germs is to wash your hands as often as possible. Not only after toilet breaks but touching communal items that might be harbouring some nasty bugs or after blowing your nose.
Lead by example and become a frequent hand washer when it comes to teaching your little ones. This allows your kids to see the importance of washing their hands before food.
Wrapping up in chunky knits, toasty hats, scarves and gloves is so satisfying in those cold months. We all love any excuse to layer up in our favourite jumpers.
Convincing your kids to layer up can sometimes be a bit more tricky, but you should always ensure they’re wrapped up. The main reason they are resistant is it’s easy for your baby to overheat, so make sure you aren’t smothering them! Always ensure that their heads and ears are covered as well as they little toes are protected with warm socks and waterproof boots. Opt for waterproof clothing that also traps body heat.
Water is the key to life, it’s hard to escape constant reminders to drink 2 litres of water a day. Water is just that essential for us to function, grow and learn. This is no different for children, it may even be more important for your baby to stay hydrated than an adult. They need more water in relation to their body weight than adults do.
Dehydration can cause tiredness, headaches, lack of concentration, reduced physical and mental performance, dry skin and much more.
With children’s priorities being a bit different from adults, it may be hard for them to recognise and identify when they are thirsty. This makes them more vulnerable to becoming dehydrated. Crouch End Preschool ensures hydration is part of your child’s daily routine and is never forgotten about. We hydrate children with natural drinks that are unsweetened and free from additives. Starting in the morning with breakfast, children should have 6-8 drinks per day.
Use Disposable Tissues
In order to reduce infections in our Crouch End Preschool, we are extremely hygienic in every aspect of learning.
Young children can be particularly prone to illnesses due to a number of factors:
– They have young immune systems
– Children usually have a higher degree of close contact with others
– Toddlers tend to explore with their hands and mouth
– Children share facilities and equipment at Nursery
– Young ones may not have an understanding of hygiene practices.
Therefore we make sure that at Crouch End Preschool that both staff and children are regularly washing their hands. The covering of any sneeze with a disposable tissue, again from staff and children, is highly encouraged. The tissue should always be disposed of after any sneeze and then their hands should be washed. The washing of hands is especially encouraged when someone sneezes without a disposable tissue.
Getting regular exercise alongside a healthy diet is the key to having a healthy life. It becomes harder and harder to get out there and move more during the winter months. Venturing outdoors is enough to send shivers down your spine.
This shouldn’t be neglected though as there are a lot of fun activities you can enjoy outdoors during the winter. These will get the whole family moving and active and allow you to spend some quality time with your babies.
From sledging through to puddle jumping and long brisk walks, wrap up warm and enjoy the new season.
Use Disinfecting Wipes
Maximising hygiene in the house with regular wiping down of surfaces is key to preventing the spread of germs. This can be wiping down surfaces that are frequently touched, such as toys, kitchen benches, car seats and light switches. Using disinfectant wipes to wipe down these areas can make a big difference.
Get to Bed Early
Getting a good night’s sleep can have a huge impact on your child, not only improving their mood and productivity but helping boost their immune system. If your child isn’t getting enough sleep their immune system can be down, making them more likely to be poorly.
So make sure that you and your little ones are getting enough sleep at night, you don’t want to run down your own immune system too! Depending on their age, children should be getting anywhere between 10 to 13 hours a night and adults should be getting at least 6 hours of sleep.
When and When Not to Share
We at Crouch End Preschool love to encourage sharing, it’s a great social skill to get accustomed with. Teaching your baby when not to share is also an important skill to learn. They should know not to share items such as water bottles or food, especially if they are poorly
If you require any further information about how to keep your little ones well this winter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly staff at Crouch End Preschool.