Close your eyes, take a deep breath and think about what you’re breathing in. Is it clean? Is it safe? During this hazy season, it is best to reduce outdoor activities - but, think again, is it really safe to breathe indoors? Did you know that air pollution is also an indoor problem?

While you think that spending time outdoors can be more damaging to the health, indoors has its own disadvantage with bad air, chemicals, allergens and even viruses and bacteria on every surface in our home. This is why it is important for us to keep our wellness intact, by keeping our environment clean and passing on good habits to our kids.

Think about these 3 wellness tips to ensure your kids are healthy and happy! Let’s get into the nitty-gritty details of it.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

We breathe about 18,000 times a day. That’s why clean air is so important to us.

 

CLEAN AIR

Babies and children breathe up to three times as much air compared to adults due to their developing respiratory system. Their brains are developing the most during the first few years and they’re immune system is much weaker too. It’s important to not take this lightly and ensure that our children are not breathing in harmful pollutants.

There is a myriad of reasons why your indoor air can be polluted. Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings and electronics, can release pollutants more or less continuously, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

You can improve your indoor air quality by opening your windows – even if it’s just for 5 minutes a day – for air ventilation and to alleviate the accumulation of harmful air pollutants in your indoor air.

According to a study published by the American Society for Horticultural Science, having indoor plants can also help with indoor air quality. As an example, spider plants are effective at reducing benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.

Choosing the right paint for your home can also make a difference. Nippon Paint’s Odour-less AirCare is Anti- Formaldehyde with Active Carbon Technology1. It works by releasing water vapour from formaldehyde that has been absorbed by the paint on the walls, which results in fresher indoor air.

 

 

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Get your kids to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or sing the Happy Birthday song twice!

 

SAFE TOUCH

Keeping your home clean is essential to your family’s health. By removing dirt and germs on surfaces in your home, you’ll minimize viruses and bacteria that are lurking around. Keeping good personal hygiene and teaching our children good hygiene habits will also prevent your child from falling ill often.

Remind your kids to wash their hands with soap and water before and after eating, after touching an animal, after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing, after going to the toilet and whenever hands look dirty.

You can also keep surfaces safe to touch with Silver Ion Technology. Silver is one of the world’s oldest antimicrobialsl2. It resists the growth of micro-organisms like viruses, bacteria, mould and fungi, yet safe for humans and pets.

 

CREATIVITY

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Imagine and paint, draw, build of sculpt something. Creating something from scratch is fun and a great way to express creativity.

 

Wellness is not just about keeping the nasties out and cleaning your home, it’s also about one’s wellbeing psychologically. Creativity is essential to a child’s learning process and cognitive development. When a child is encouraged to express themselves and take risk in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation and critical thinking that will be important in their adult lives.

Psychological studies also suggest that colours can influence mood and behaviour, stimulate the brain and body, which affects your little one’s health. For a start, you can create a space they can truly call their own to encourage their creativity either by painting, drawing, building or sculpting.

Most children look up to their parents, so it is important for you to set a good example. By teaching healthy habits when they’re young, you can create habits that last throughout their lives – Plus, don’t forget to make it fun too so they don’t feel hesitant to keep it up!


References:

*Based on independent market research

1 This function is only available in Odour-less AirCare

2 US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health