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Summertime is drawing nearer here in Western NY, as my oldest is preparing for finals and my youngest is starting the stretch of where pretty much every day is a field trip! When school lets out, everyone is happy but a whole new set of concerns sets in – how to keep my kiddos safe and healthy all summer long. So we’ve put together some quick tips on how you can help keep your munchkins healthy this summer!
- Keep active!
Some days during the summer, the kids want to be lazy. I get it. Me too. However, the full time playing of Minecraft is not a bona fide way to spend your summer, so I make sure my kids get lots of time spent outside, playing and moving! Trips to the pool help this too!
2. Review safety rules.
Now is a great time to go over some basic safety rules about summer activities. Ones that definitely affect my kids daily are wearing sunscreen and bike helmets! If you have a pool, now is a great time to review pool and water safety rules, and if you have kids that stay home alone, reviewing emergency procedures and rules about answering the door, etc. are a must!
3. Try to keep a normal sleep schedule.
Even though it’s summer, kids still need their sleep! It can be tempting to throw bedtimes to the wind, but not getting enough sleep can be harmful. Make sure to follow your pediatrician’s guidelines, and while relaxing bedtimes is understandable, try to keep SOMEWHAT in schedule. This is particularly difficult for me with my teenager, who is MORE than happy to sleep the day away and stay up all night long, but your kids will be thanking you come back-to-school time if you keep a relatively normal schedule.
4. Try to minimize tummy troubles.
Summer is a time of treats, for sure! But candy, ice cream and pop – while an inevitable part of summer – can be havoc on kids’ tummies.
While my kids would be seriously upset if I cut them off from all summer treats, there are steps that I take to try and support their digestive health. One of those steps is giving them probiotics, which are good bacteria that provide a health benefit and are essential for many vital bodily functions, including digestion. We really like Align, Jr., from the makers of Align, the #1 Doctor and Gastroenterologist-recommended probiotic brand‡, which is now CHEWABLE for kids age 6-12!
While there are lots of ways to help kids fortify their digestive system, a great choice of us is to use a daily probiotic supplement for kids like Align Jr. to help support digestive health.
So how do you help keep YOUR kids healthy during the summer? Let us know in the comments!
ǂ Among gastroenterologists and doctors who recommended a brand of probiotic in an AlphaImpactRx 2016 Survey.
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