Simple tips for healthy living – Toddlers On-the-Go
Here are some Simple Tips for Healthy Living while Traveling with your Toddler
Toddlers are germ magnets! They drool and happily put almost everything in their mouths. Parents need simple tips for healthy living Experts agree that most germs are harmless. In fact, toddlers need contact with germs! Germs primes their immune system for proper development. Even with this knowledge, there are harmful germs that will cause illness in children. So how does a parent provide that protection for their toddler?
Minimizing Germ Exposure While Traveling -here are some simple tips for healthy living!
- Strengthen your immune system. Get plenty of sleep before beginning your travel. Well, rested bodies are better able to fight off harmful germs and bacteria. Proper hydration is also important for a healthy immune system.
- Take regular vitamins and minerals daily. Before travel, it is important to add some additional vitamin C and Zinc to help fight off bacteria that you come in contact with.
- Current immunizations will also prevent toddlers from contracting a serious illness. Updated immunizations are extra important if travel takes you out of your home country.
- Come prepared with hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
- Hand washing is key. Hands are the number one carrier of germs on our body. Critical in preventing the spread of germs, hand washing is done frequently and thoroughly. Hand washing done with soap and hot water for at least 30 seconds (the time it takes to sing happy birthday slowly) is the most effective. Use clean disposable towels whenever possible for drying hands.
- Hand washing before eating snacks and before meals prevents the transfer of germs into our bodies. Hands washed after using the bathroom will kill bacteria.
- Tray tables, high chair, and placemat surfaces require wiping down with sanitary wipes before using.
- When soap and hot water are not available it is important to use sanitary wipes or sanitizing gel before eating and after using the washroom.
Hotel Stays and other Overnight Accommodations
- Disinfect frequently touched places within the room. Doorknobs, TV remotes, light switches, telephones are places to disinfect with sanitary wipes.
- Glasses not seal wrapped need soaking in hot water before using. There is now way to determine if the maid changed gloves after cleaning the toilet and before cleaning a glass.
- Bed bugs are another thing to check for. Tiny bed bugs are brown or purplish-red in color. Bed bugs leave reddish or rusty colored stains on linens, pillows, and mattresses.
- If your toddler spends time on the floor, consider bringing a blanket to put down on the floor for them to play on. You can also use a clean sheet from the closet or ask housekeeping for a clean sheet.
- Wipe airplane seat surfaces with sanitary wipes. This includes tray tables, arm rests, seat buckles and any buttons.
- Keep air passages moist to help resist germs when seated next to someone spreading germs by coughing. A nasal spray is a good choice.
- Going through security lines be sure that your toddler has socks on. Changing socks after the security line is a very good idea.
- Shopping carts are highly contaminated surfaces. Us sanitary wipes to sanitize these surfaces.
- Pack an anti-bacterial kit. Include hand sanitizer, saline nasal spray, sanitary wipes, and sanitary spray. Carry bandages, Neosporin, hydrocortisone cream and bee sting relief in case of injury or allergens.
Be realistic in your expectations while traveling with your toddler. They will explore and touch things throughout the trip. Be assured most germs they will come in contact with are good germs that will build their immune system and not harm them.
Remember: Hand Washing is the most important way to prevent illness caused by germs.
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