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Christmas and Hanukkah are 13 days away! Kwanzaa starts in 14 days. Three Kings Day is January 6. Whatever holiday your family celebrates chances are that you either will be traveling to see extended family members or they will be traveling to see you. Things may be hectic as you run here to there to get ready, shop for gifts, and make sure your children experience all the Holiday Happenings our area has to offer, or at least as many of them as you can.
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. We neglect the habits that keep us and our children healthy during the year. There is a way to enjoy the holidays and stay HEALTHY. Check out our tips for keeping kids healthy during the holidays. They work for parents too.
Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy During the Holidays
Keep the kids rested and in bed on time.
It can be tempting with school holidays to let the kids stay up late exploring neighborhood holiday lights or holiday tv specials. Make a plan that lets you do it AND still get the kids to bed on time. Watch a holiday movie afterschool or while dinner cooks. After dinner take a drive thru the neighborhood lights. Don’t try to fit too much into each night.
Gift & Get fruit!
Handy easy-to-eat fruits like bananas, apples, clementines, and berries are great snacks to stock up on. With skin that’s easy to peel or can be eaten, these are easy to snack on fruits. When you gift them as a hostess gift you also know there will be plenty of healthy fruit on hand for the kids. ;-)
Traveling to see family doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Ask your family to introduce you to their favorite park or a new trail. Or if the family is coming to you, take them out to your kids’ favorite park in New Jersey. Getting out together gives everyone a chance to get fresh air and makes for some special memories. Plus it’s a great way to beat boredom and keep kids off their devices.
Take a minute for the Minute Clinic.
Is your child prone to car sickness? Is their cough the sign of a cold or the beginning of a something more serious? Whether you are headed out to grandma’s house or already there a visit for a few minutes to the local CVS or Target MinuteClinic can help avoid many moments of sickness later. A MinuteClinic associate can assess your child’s health and provide treatment options to treat or prevent possible illness. During the holidays you want to avoid using the emergency room unless you have a critical issue. They cost more — even with insurance — and they can be crowded; especially during the holidays.
MinuteClinics are walk-in medical clinics that can play a key role in keeping kids healthy; especially for illnesses like sinus and upper respiratory infections, ear aches and suspected strep throat.
Here’s what makes MinuteClinic so convenient for parents
- No appointment is needed and most insurance is accepted.
- Open 7 days a week, including weekday evenings. Even on holidays there is at least one MinuteClinic location open, and often more, in any city with CVSs and Targets.
- You can observe wait times at MinuteClinic.com and even hold a place in line in advance of your visit with a new digital tool. No need to keep the kids waiting in line in store.
- If you’re used to visiting a MinuteClinic in your home town, the MinuteClinics will have access to your medical records at any location in the U.S. There are approximately 1,100 clinics in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Click over to find a MinuteClinic near you.
- Most health care insurance is accepted.
Make hand washing fun!
With the holidays hand washing can be extra fun. There are snowman-shaped snow dispensers and liquid soaps that glitter and shimmer. Keep plenty of soap on hand so kids will be excited to wash their hands throughout the day.