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Healthy Habits for Happy Kids

As spring blooms around us, it's the perfect time to reinforce healthy habits for our little ones! Here are some tips to promote wellness and happiness in your children:
 
1. Get Moving: Encourage outdoor playtime and physical activity. Whether it's biking, hiking, or simply playing at the park, regular exercise is essential for your child's development and well-being.
 
2. Nutrition Matters: Fuel your child's body and mind with nutritious foods. Aim for a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
 
3. Sun Safety: With warmer weather ahead, remember to protect your child's delicate skin from harmful UV rays. Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher before heading outdoors, and don't forget to reapply every two hours.
 
4. Sleep Well: Establish a consistent bedtime routine to ensure your child gets enough sleep. Adequate rest is crucial for growth, development, and overall mood.
 
5. Stay Hydrated: Keep your child hydrated throughout the day by offering plenty of water. Limit sugary drinks and opt for water or milk instead.
 
6. Mindful Screen Time: Set boundaries on screen time and encourage more face-to-face interactions and imaginative play. Limiting screen time promotes better sleep, behavior, and cognitive development.
 
Remember, small changes can make a big difference in your child's health and happiness. If you have any questions or concerns, our pediatric team is here to support you every step of the way! Together, let's nurture happy, thriving kids this spring and beyond.
Author
Sami Al-Harastani, MD

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