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Keeping your family healthy during COVID-19

Keeping your family healthy during COVID-19
It has always been important to help our children stay healthy. With the current stay at home order in place that can be a challenging task. Below are some suggestions for keeping your family healthy.

Establish a routine each day

  • Limit sedentary activities to a set amount of time per day
    • Preferably less than 2 hours of screen time
    • Set the expectation and be consistent
  • Get plenty of sleep and follow a schedule
    • General guidelines for children is 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but every child is different

Be physically active. Set a goal for 30-60 minutes a day. Do it as a family!

  • Go for a walk. Be creative. For example, make your walk into a scavenger hunt.
  • Play in the yard.
  • Jog in place.
  • Have a dance party. Ask friends and family to join in the fun with video chats.
  • Create a homemade obstacle course at the level of your child’s age group.
  • Do a simple exercise routine including jumping jacks, push ups, squats, jump rope, etc. Use exercise equipment if you have it available at home.

Eat healthy

  • Avoid foods and snacks high in fat and sugar
  • Avoid sugary drinks, including sports drinks, juice and soda
  • Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily
  • Eat regular meals
  • Eat as a family
  • Chew slowly
  • Offer a variety of foods
  • Drink plenty of water

Keep up with immunizations and prescribed medications

  • The Carle medical staff is available to make sure your child stays healthy and receives timely immunizations.
  • Visits are available in person or by telephone. Your provider is ready to answer any questions you may have.
  • If your child develops an acute illness, please call your provider’s office first to determine the best action plan.

Categories: Staying Healthy

Tags: COVID-19, Family, Health, Pediatrics