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The Do’s And Don’ts To Protect Your Child During Changes In The Weather

We all want to look after our little ones as they grow and develop. It can be tempting to wrap them in cotton wool and keep them indoors whenever there’s rain, but exposure to the elements is good for development, any time they can spend in the fresh air is going to be conducive to their wellbeing.

Especially if you’re a new parent, it can be confusing to know how best to handle the changing seasons and the varying weather conditions. Some children catch a lot of colds when it rains, or feel a bit hot and bothered every time the sun comes out. There are some ways you can help them feel more comfortable throughout the changing seasons, and encourage them to get out in the garden even if the conditions aren’t perfect.

Of course, a healthy diet is a basic requirement. Lots of vitamin C and a wide range of fruit and vegetables is a good way to help keep children well. If you can get them to stay hydrated with plain water rather than fizzy drinks and sweet juices, that’s another good tip.

An active lifestyle starts, for most people, in childhood. It doesn’t matter what the weather is, rain or shine, they should feel confident to get out and about and enjoy it. A pair of sturdy wellington boots can help make this more fun. Stamping in puddles and trudging through mud and leaves is no problem when your feet are protected. The same is true for a fun umbrella. Let them choose their favourite colour or design and they’ll look forward to trying it out as soon as there’s any sign of rain.

When the sun shines, remember the slip on a t-shirt, slop on the suncream, and slap on a hat - as the SunSmart saying goes in Australia. Making sure your child knows this rule will help protect their sensitive skin from the harsh rays. Sunlight is important for healthy minds and bodies, so it’s important not to hide from it completely, but protection is essential.

With a bit of learned confidence in the changing seasons, your child will build up immunities and resilience they’ll need to live a healthy lifestyle while staying safe. Start them off in the right way by showing them how to protect themselves and they’ll be able to join the outdoors the whole year round and guard against the downsides.

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