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Help Keep Kids Healthy

Ten pediatric tips for parents

Physicians from The University of Kansas Health System's Department of Pediatrics offer ten proven tips you can start today to help keep your family healthy.

  1. Get Flu Shots
    Children are especially at risk because of their underdeveloped immune systems, but it’s an easy preventative health measure recommended by for the whole family.
  2. Take Vitamin D
    400 IU daily are recommended for children and adults. Check with your personal pediatrician for information.
  3. Stop Smoking
    Parents shouldn’t smoke and "don't give up - keep trying until you quit." While you’re kicking the habit, don’t smoke inside your home or car to prevent second-hand smoke exposure.
  4. Eat Dinner Together
    You’ll learn a lot by eating dinner together and it’s a good time to share information as well as healthy food. Make sure to turn off TV, radio, cell phones and iPods.
  5. Limit "Screen" Time
    Limit viewing to two hours per night on school nights for TV, computer, or smart phone. Instead of screen time, help your child study, have a conversation, read them a story or encourage them to read. The doctor says to continue this throughout teenage years.
  6. Get a Good Night's Sleep
    At least eight hours a night are recommended for children and their parents.
  7. Be Active
    Find time to walk and play with your children. Daily activity including outdoor play should be utilized all winter long. Make sure to bundle up. Leave the cell phone on "silent".
  8. Take Shoes Off at the Door
    Don’t wear shoes in the house to avoid tracking in dirt and germs. Your house will be cleaner as a bonus and your family will stay healthier.
  9. Maintain Fire Extinguisher & Smoke Alarms
    Keep a working extinguisher ($20 variety) in the kitchen, garage and basement. Likewise, install smoke alarms throughout the home especially near bedrooms.
  10. Switch & Turn
    Switch out your furnace filter everything three months to keep everyone breathing easy. Turn the hot water thermostat down to 120 degrees to avoid scalding. Your dishwasher will still work just fine.

Keeping children healthy is important. Learn more about pediatric services offered at The University of Kansas Health System.