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Keep Your Kids Safe and Health All Summer Long

Feb 25, 2021 04:47PM ● By Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC Balanced Life Chiropractic

By: Dr. Harley Martinmaas, DC Balanced Life Chiropractic


Between camping trips, sport camps, and other summer activities, there are so many activities to keep your kids busy. These can result in late nights and long weekends with little rest. With all of the hustle and bustle, it’s easy for your kids to get run down which can lead to higher risk of illness or injury. Here are some tips to help keep your kids in motion.

 Make sure they are drinking plenty of water! With our hot South Dakota summer, it’s vital to maintain proper hydration. The recommendations are for a child to drink one 8oz glass of water equal to how old they are. For example, a 5-year-old should drink five 8 oz glasses a day. The maximum is 8 glasses at age 8 through adulthood. This does not include other beverages like juice or milk.

  Proper nutrition is important! www.myplate.gov is a great resource for how much your kids should be eating. If you struggle to get your kids to eat a balanced diet, a multi-vitamin or supplement drink would be a good thing to add in. You must make sure that you are eating properly, too. If they see you eating pizza and chicken nuggets, they aren’t going to want to eat their veggies either!

 If they do get sick, make sure they are resting! That means reducing screen time, as well.

 Before participating in activities, have your kids warm up and stretch properly. Injuries are more likely to happen if you skip these steps.

 If they do get injured, and depending on the severity of the injury, seek the appropriate help. If it’s a minor sprain/strain, remember RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate). Chiropractic care and physical therapy are great options after an injury to help strengthen the weakened area and get them back to playing again.

 Summer is almost here so be sure to plan ahead. That way you and your family can have a safe, healthy, and fun time!