I think one of the hardest parts about having multiple little kids is trying to keep everyone healthy. Because once one of us comes down with a sickness, we all go down. Or you might get over the hump of a health issue with one child and then a new one pops up. Colds, croup, constipation, oh my! I’m by no means an expert, but after 8 years of parenting and three kids I’ve learned a thing or two about how to stay healthy or figured out what works for us when one of us isn’t. I’ve teamed up with DocuSol® Kids to share some tips for how I keep my kids healthy on the inside.
- Wash, Wash, Wash our Hands: this one is pretty self-explanatory, but teaching kids the importance of hand washing is probably the biggest thing you can do to keep them healthy. I stress washing hands every single time we go to the restroom, whether we “touch the toilet” or not (having boys, they often protest that they didn’t have to touch anything, and of course they avoid flushing the toilet.) Making hand washing mandatory across the board before meals and after bathroom visits helps them get into good habits whether they are home or at school.
- Change Clothes After School: in cold and flu season especially, having my littlest kids change their clothes when they get home from preschool helps eliminate germ contamination from bugs that may come in on clothing (either literal bugs like lice, or viruses). We also keep backpacks and coats on hooks in our mud room/garage. I never put backpacks on top of our kitchen table or counter, where we eat or prep food.
- Use tea tree or lavender oil or hair products with those ingredients as a lice preventative: You don’t need to buy any special shampoo or conditioner to help prevent lice (although they certainly exist). Just make an essential oil roller with some tea tree or lavender oil and roll it behind ears after bath time or before your kid heads off to school. Lice don’t like the smell and will find a different head to infest.
- Have DocuSol® Kids on hand to help when your kiddo gets backed up: Constipation has been a problem for one of my sons since he was a baby and we’ve done preventative measures to keep him regular for years. Diet changes, fiber, prune juice when necessary, lots of water: these all help keep him regular. But occasionally we need a little help in that department (like after he had surgery recently and became really nervous to poop afterward). We are also struggling with a toddler who is stubbornly holding his bowel movements rather than pooping on the potty. DocuSol® Kids mini-enema has really helped us in those situations. It’s safe and effective for kids ages 2 to 12, and works within 15 minutes so you don’t have to wait overnight for relief.
- Daily Vitamins and Probiotics: Every morning with breakfast my kids get both a probiotic and a multivitamin. Having it be a daily part of our routine means I don’t forget and they just get into the habit of taking it and don’t protest when I try to get them to take these supplements. In the winter I also add some Vitamin D because we aren’t getting outside enough for our natural vitamin D and it is so important to help with the immune system, mood and anxiety, and strong bones as well.
Always consult your pediatrician for any health concerns you are having with your kids. But also have your mom tool box stocked with some prune juice, distractions, rewards, and DocuSol® Kids.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DocuSol® Kids.