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Tips To Keep Kids Healthy While Traveling This Summer
Traveling with kids is always stressful. Add a pandemic to the mix, and your anxiety levels may go through the roof. It’s important to address both the physical and mental aspects of health during this time. Here are some tips to help keep your children healthy in mind and body if you plan on traveling this summer.
You may not be able to get your seven-year-old to wear a facemask or your four-year-old to stop touching their face, but you can make hand washing a frequent family activity using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds. If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, be sure to wash it often while traveling.
No matter your destination, try to get your children outside and moving as much as possible. Engage in outdoor activities like bike riding, hiking and walking to boost both physical and mental health. If getting outside is not an option, then get creative with indoor activities that promote movement like dance breaks and stretching.
Stress is the number one cause of illness and puts a huge strain on the function of your immune system. Check for signs of stress in your children of all ages such as excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy sleeping or eating habits, and difficulty paying attention. Talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
Vacation is usually a social time for most kids. With limited interactions with other children and people outside of the family, make sure they still feel socially connected to friends back home with video calls, emails and letters.
For more tips, check out recommendations from the CDC.