Winter Wellness Tips
Short of living in total isolation, there is no foolproof way to prevent catching a cold or flu virus, since they are caught from other people. Based on that fact, it is not surprising that children are 1.5 times to 3 times more likely than adults to get the flu. These illnesses are actually strengthening your child’s immune system, which, over the long haul, is not a bad thing -- but the short haul is another story.
Here are six tips on how you can reduce your and your child’s chances of catching a cold or flu this winter season.
- Model for your child and encourage frequent hand washing. When your child sees you washing your hands they will be more likely to do the same. Younger children will need to have their hands washed for them. Also, it is very important to dry your hands thoroughly after you wash them.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Set an example for your child by using a tissue, shirtsleeve, or turning your head away from others will instill healthy habits. This will instill healthy habits.
- Prevention through exercise, nutrition, and sleep. When the body is in good physical shape, is well rested, and has proper nutrition, it is better able to fight off infections and resist getting sick.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Fruit juices can supplement your child’s intake of Vitamin C, but be cautious of the amount of sugar intake.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants and children receive a yearly flu vaccine. It’s not too late for this flu season. Contact your child’s doctor or your health department.
- Good mood and human contact. Research indicates that people who are happier and have more friends and social contacts get fewer illnesses than people who are anxious, isolated, and depressed. Laughter can strengthen our immune system.
If you or your child does become sick with a cold or the flu then stay home. Going to work or sending a sick child to school or daycare will only spread the illness.