It’s every busy parent’s worst nightmare; your child comes home from school, sniffling and coughing, suffering from a fever, and you have to spend the next couple of days at home taking care of them until the illness finally leaves. It’s a common occurrence, but can really throw a spanner in the works when it comes to all those jobs and responsibilities we have to take care of during the week. How, then, can you ensure your kids aren’t struck down by illness and infection?
First off, if you’re in the midst of cold and flu season, washing hands is an absolute must- do! Of course, that’s more easily said than done, especially if one has younger children, so demonstration is the key unless you want to be stood watching over your kids whenever it comes to any mealtime or trip to the bathroom. Make sure your children know to wash, with warm water and soap, for 20 seconds, and equally ensure that they know not to put their hands near their faces after they may have touched something germ-ridden in the Spring and Summer months, and to completely avoid touching their faces in Autumn and Winter.
It’s nice to think of our bedrooms as sanctuaries away from the contagions endemic in the outside world, but unclean bedclothes, pillows and mattresses can be a hub for all sorts of nasties. Ensure all sheets are cleaned once a week, especially during cold and flu season or if a member of the family is ill; flip over mattresses every couple of months and replace every ten years or so; and wash and vacuum pillows every few months. After your beds are clean, make sure to use them; sleep deprivation severely restricts the body’s ability to fight off illness. Follow these tips and you and your family will be fresh and healthy!
Being outside in the cold weather having an effect on one’s chances of catching a cold is a totally incorrect old wives tale that persists to this day! The fact is, however, that we should be getting more exercise outdoors during the fluey winter months; regular, moderate exercise can reduce one’s chances of catching a bug annually by up to 50%, thanks to exercise’s ability to boost the activity of cells that make up the immune system. Eating lots of foods rich in vitamins C and D can also boost the immune system, as can eating probiotic yoghurts!
What are your tips to fight flu and colds?
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