Daycare, school and playdates help kids develop good social habits while learning valuable lessons, but they can also be places where healthy children pick up an assortment of illnesses. Find out how you can help kids stay healthy, happy and feeling great with three simple rules.

Handwashing and Healthy Children: An Undeniable Duo

One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep germs at bay is simply to encourage frequent handwashing. The Mayo Clinic suggests teaching kids to soap up for as long as it takes them to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice before eating, after visiting the restroom and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. It’s also a good idea to send healthy children to school with alcohol-based hand sanitizer for times when handwashing isn’t possible.

How Vaccinations Support Healthy Children

Another simple and effective way to keep kids healthy is to ensure they’re vaccinated against preventable and potentially serious illnesses on schedule. Both immuno-compromised and healthy children rely on herd immunity to prevent the spread of illnesses, so you’re doing your part to protect your own children and their peers by vaccinating according to your pediatrician’s recommendations.

Make and Keep Regular Well-Child Visits

Taking your kids to the doctor when they’re well may seem counterproductive, but well-child visits are an integral part of keeping healthy children in continued good health.

When you need well-child care or treatment for sick kids, Pediatric Healthcare of Northwest Houston is here to help. Call today to schedule an appointment and to learn more about how you can support your kids’ good health.

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