I know you are interested in the tips but first allow me to tell a little story.
I really enjoy living in London and a part from my family and good food (that I tried to cook anyway here) there is not much else I miss. London offers everything I need and much more 🙂
Then when I got pregnant and had a baby I realised that maybe there was one more thing missing here: good healthcare service and trustful doctors. I don’t know how you feel about the NHS service but when I come back from a visit of my GP with my daughter I feel I need another opinion. I grew up it Italy where every child has a pediatrician for the first 6 years and goes to the GP only afterwards. I was very surprised that there wasn’t a similar service here and we never got refer to a specialist when needed.
I recently found this clinic DottoreLondon that was set up by the lovely Giorgia. She conducted a survey on nearly 100 Italian women living in London and 80% wanted an Italian gynecologist and pediatrician here. This is due not only to language and cultural barriers, but also because the majority of Italian women have got used to a certain standard that they cannot find in London.
Last week I took my daughter to see the pediatrician for a general checkup and I was very happy of the service. We spend an hour with the pediatrician talking about the past three years and the main healthy issues she had. It was actually a nice chat that went from medical history to educational and behavior aspects, with questions and advice that not many others gave us before. The visit was very accurate and she was literally seen from top to toe 🙂
I think after 3 years we finally found a good pediatrician we can trust and I can genuinely recommend you.
I had a chat with Giorgia that day and she said:
“Our pediatrician is an expert in both Neonatology and Pediatrics. The services we provide at the clinic are preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic consultations and services (e.g. medical treatments, Oropharyngeal swab, ear swab, etc), drug prescriptions, request for consultations with a specialist, clinical analysis and diagnostic testing. The clinic is open for consultations over the weekend, but we can always be contacted via email or telephone for emergencies or even just advice. We also offer house call consultations throughout London”
Wow! Isn’t that a great service? I had my doctor coming to my house all the time when I was a poorly child.
The doctors at DottoreLondon have been trained in both Italy and the UK so they’ve gained a wide expertise that meets any patients’ need. The service offered is not only for Italians living in London, but for any people who ask for high medical standard consultations at an affordable price. All the doctors are Italians but they also speak fluent English and other languages, such as Spanish and German.
So here we are with the top tips to have healthy children this winter.
In winter it’s easier to get sick. This is not due to the cold (cold often kills bacteria) but to the fact that kids spend more time indoors with other kids or adults who might have a virus.
Therefore kids should play and practice outdoor-sports.
A balanced diet with vitamins, especially vitamin C, and a good sleep routine are the essential ingredients to having a healthy child.
Finally, avoid overheating your house and the child’s bedroom. Temperatures shouldn’t be higher than 20 degrees.
I hope you find it a bit useful. Stay healthy and be happy! 🙂