KEEPING YOUR KIDS AND FAMILY HEALTHY DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON
That time of year is once again upon us where everyone around us is getting all sorts of cold and flu bugs. It is estimated that every year the common cold results in 22 million lost days of school for kids resulting in opportunities for kids to fall behind in learning. Here are a few tips to combat your kids and family to stay healthy during this time of year.
- Keep hands and surfaces clean by wiping down counters, toys, phones ,keyboards, TV remotes. Even by just using hot soapy water you can kill bacteria. Teach kids to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or as long as it would take them to sing the Happy Birthday song. This goes for adults too of course!
- Practice good cough etiquette and social distancing. If your child is sick try to keep them in their room to contain the germs a little bit more and if they have a friend that is sick discourage your child from visiting until they are symptom free.
- Eating healthy foods! This is something they should practice anyway but good nutrition, exercise and rest help to optimize the immune system. A balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits is a perfect prescription for wellness! Kick a ball around, play some jump rope or tag then go eat a fresh dinner with the family then go to bed and rest those bodies for at least 8 hrs!
- Keeping kids hands away from their face, it happens to all of us you touch something and then before you know it your dirty fingers are touching something on your face or mouth and sometimes that’s all it takes.
- Teach them to not drink out of the same cup/carton/straw as their friends
Prevention is the key so arm yourself with some natural cleaning products to have on hand, taking a good multivitamin is always a great idea, you can boost your vitamin C by taking a supplement of that during the cold months but honestly if you eat enough fruit and vegetables you will get plenty vitamin C. A few herbal supplements that do wonders during the winter months are Echinacea and elderberry for some extra protection.