When the leaves start changing, the sound of the wind blowing is not the only familiar sound, you will also hear sneezing, sniffling, and coughing all around you. Everybody hates getting sick and it’s not entirely unavoidable, but there are things you can do to keep your family healthy this winter.
Washing hands frequently is one of the best things you can do to keep you and your child healthy this season. Make sure you and your child wash hands with warm, soapy water every time you walk in the house, before you eat or prepare food, and after using the bathroom. You don’t need special anti-bacterial soap, any soap will do as long as the water is warm.
It is helpful to sing happy birthday while you wash your hands to make sure you are spending enough time to clean the germs. Make sure to wash the backs of hands, between fingers, and around the finger nails. Ask your child’s school or daycare what their hand washing policy is, and if you think it is not sufficient, ask for a change.
Teach them the No-Nos
Rubbing the eyes or touching the nose or mouth is a great way to spread germs, so teach your kids not to touch their eyes, noses, and mouths. There will be a big learning curve for little kids, so be patient. Make sure they have access to facial tissues when they need to wipe their eyes or noses. Also, sharing is important, but sharing food and drinks during cold and flu season is not necessary.
While you’re at it, teach your kiddo to sneeze into his elbow. This may not help him not get sick, but it will help prevent spreading his illness to others.
Rest and Food
Making sure your family is getting enough rest is important to keep the body resistant to illness. Getting enough sleep can also reduce stress, which can put the body at risk. Help your child prepare for bed by creating a relaxing routine, maybe reading together, or taking a bath. Just make sure there are no screens for at least 30 minutes before bed time.
Eating nutritious food is another way to make sure your child’s immune system is at its strongest. Eat food full of fiber, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals. Your child may refuse certain foods that are good for them. Try a morning smoothie full of veggies and fruits to overcome that hurdle.
Stay Healthy This Winter
Stay healthy this winter by following our tips and getting a flu shot.