Re: is it important for kid to be outside daily?
I don't think it's necessary for them to go out daily, but I do think it's important for them to go out frequently. Mine usually go outside several times a week, but not every day.
Believe it or not, cold air is actually good for you during the winter! My kids just had RSV and kept having complications. My DS got a sinus infection and bronchitis. My doctor told me that I keep my house too warm (we are all cold natured) and warm air increases respirations per minute which increases mucous production, which increases drainage into the lungs. He told me to take them out in the morning while it is still nice and cool (I live in South Texas and it's still 70-80 degrees in the afternoon) and let them get some cold fresh air.
I thought he was crazy, but I tried it, and it made a HUGE difference, as did setting my thermostat on 70 (instead of 75). They were on antibiotics, but I began noticing a difference before the AB's could have really kicked in.
My grandmother used to be famous for this phrase when she addressed my mother who was anti dirty kids and paranoid about having me outside in the cold or the heat when I was a toddler: "Kids are like plants. Dirt and sunshine make 'em grow." I've adopted this philosophy and my kids have always been incredibly healthy. As a matter of fact, this is only the second time me DS has been on antibiotics (he's 2 1/2) and the first for my 9 months old DD.
DS born 07/05/2003
DD born 3/24/2005