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Kids Health: A Healthy Summer Is A Happy Summer


The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone - including our kids. From virtual learning to not being able to see their friends, our kids have had a hard time. Here are some resources and tips to best support your kids' health this summer.

Mental Health

With isolation measures and lots of feelings of uncertainty, it is no surprise that our children's mental health has taken a toll. Here are some things that you can do to support your kids' mental health this summer.

  • • Let your kids know that you love and support them no matter what! This can be as easy as giving them a hug, lots of encouragement, or telling them you love them.

  • • Stick to a routine. Try and plan your days to be similar. This way your kids know what to expect for the day.
  • • Remember, kids will learn a lot by watching how adults in their life deal with stressful situations. Make sure you are setting the best example you can!

Sometimes it can be tricky to talk to your kids about mental health. Here are some additional resources that can be useful whether you are looking to learn more about mental health or are seeking additional support.

  • COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit
  • Supportive Resources (Local and National)
  • Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Traumatic Events

  • Social-Emotional Health

    Social-Emotional Health is an important aspect of our overall health as humans. Lots of the ways our kids' time spent socializing has changed drastically sine the onset of the pandemic and in many cases has taken a toll on their social emotional health. Here are some things you can do with your kids to support their social-emotional health.

    • • Talk about your feelings often. Ask your kids about their feelings and help show them how to express them in a healthy way.

    • • Spend quality time with your kids. You could do an activity together that you both enjoy or play at the park together.

    • • Encourage your kids to make new connections. This can be as easy as encouraging them to say hi to someone new at the park.

    Here are some additional resources that will provide even more ideas that you can use to support your kids' social-emotional health.


    Physical Health

    When kids get sick it threatens their ability to go to things like day camps and play dates. Physical health should not be overlooked when it comes to keeping our kids healthy this summer.

      • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Have your kids help pick out fruits and vegetables they like at the store.

      • Protect your kids against serious illness by keeping them up to date on their vaccines. This includes the COVID-19 Vaccine, and all other childhood vaccines. Kids are able to get the COVID vaccine as early as 6 months old now!

    Check out these resources too:

  • Making Physical Activity a Part of a Child's Life
  • Strategies to Increase Physical Activity
  • Childhood Nutrition Facts

Check our your local Parks and Recreation Guide to see the classes and camps available for your kids to participate in.


Vaccines

Have your heard the saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? It is far better for your kids' overall health if they never get seriously sick than it is for their body to have to recover from a serious illness. The best way to prevent your kids from getting sick is to get them vaccinated!


COVID-19

Did you know that kids as young as 6 months old can now get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Find a vaccine provider near you!

There is a lot of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine out there. Misinformation can be scary and make it very difficult for you to make the best choice for your family.

If you have any questions about the COVID vaccine, turn to reliable sources like the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for information. You can also always reach out to a trusted healthcare provider like your primary care physician or school nurse if you have any questions. If you are looking for a provider, CDH has a great team of experienced practitioners who are accepting new patients; meet them here.

Getting vaccinated is a personal medical choice. Here are some resources if you would like additional information in order to make an informed decision for your family:


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