Tis the season to be jolly and weary of flu symptoms. That’s right flu season is upon us and for moms, this means doing everything possible to ensure their child does not come down with the flu. We all know that one neighbourhood kid who just never seems to catch a cold or flu. Ever wonder what his parents do to ensure that?
Since flu season attacks children with a weak immune the fastest, it’s vital that you build your child’s immunity and boost their health so they can ward off illnesses efficiently. Let’s discover six habits that healthy kids do to avoid getting ill.
Keep Hands Clean
This simple yet effective habit is one of the most effective ways of removing germs and bacteria from our hands. Cleaning hands properly prevents the spread of diseases and keeps the environment clean, fresh and safe. It reduces the passing of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses; hence it is vital to teach your child to keep their hands clean whether it’s with soap and water or with a sanitizer. Start by showing them the proper way to get their hands squeaky clean, then ensure they know they must wash hands after using the bathroom, when they are dirty, before eating food, if they sneeze or cough into their hands, after prolonged playtime with objects such as toys, books, or after touching doorknobs, etc. Try teaching your kid to sing “Happy Birthday” twice in their mind before rinsing off. Scrubbing for 15 seconds in the key to maintaining proper hygiene.
Kids of overprotective parents often get neglected in this department. They aren’t allowed to go out and play, this can lead to a host of issues of its own. However, children whose parents encourage them to play, explore and live an active lifestyle face fewer chances of getting ill. Playing physical games can lead to improved blood circulation, boost immunity, vitamin D levels and add a surge of positivity. Go for a walk or a run with your little one and the next time they ask permission for soccer, you allow them.
Get Proper Sleep and Rest
By far the easiest way to ensure your child avoids getting ill is to get plenty of Zzz’s every night. The benefits of peaceful sleep are infinite, it helps boost health, keeps them happy, improves cognitive functionality, helps them focus in school and much more. Rest has a massive impact on the immune system, lack of sleep can weaken it and leave your child exposed to illnesses. It is recommended babies get 14 hours of sleep, preschoolers from the age of 3 to 5 should get 10 to 13 hours of sleep every night, school going children from the ages of 6 to 13 should get 9 to 11 hours of sleep, while teenagers aged 14 to 17 require 8 to 10 hours of sound sleep.
Avoid Touching Face and Germ Sharing
Since flu viruses enter the body through eyes, mouth and nose, it is important to teach your child to keep her hands away from her face. Furthermore, it is essential to teach her too much generosity can be dangerous for her health. They should never share a cup, scarf, straw, toothbrush or utensils with anyone. This saves them from contacting illnesses from their peers. Sharing water bottles and drinks means even the slightest bit of saliva carrying viruses and bacteria can drop into the drink. If your little angel can avoid this, then chances of her getting ill reduce drastically.
Balanced Healthy Diet
Your kid might prefer chomping on packed snacks and fast foods, but it is vital to load up their plates with colourful seasonal fruits and crunchy vegetables. This will elevate their immunity and keep them healthy. Serve foods rich in Vitamin C such as broccoli, oranges and strawberries, vitamin D such as cereals, milk and tuna and probiotics such as green peas, kefir, naturally fermented olives and yogurt. It is also important to teach your child to avoid foods high in additives, preservatives and sugar. So moms, pack delicious, healthy lunches for your little ones such as sandwiches, assorted fruits and carrots.
Getting flu vaccine is a no-brainer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend getting a shot to prevent your child from getting the flu. Every year thousands of Canadians end up in hospitals due to seasonal flu. Yearly flu vaccinations should be scheduled, not only for your child but also for the entire family.
The Elbow Cover Up
Teach your child to cough and sneeze into their elbows, instead of covering their mouths with their hands since it can lead to the spread of germs. The CDC recommends covering with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, however, since tissues are not always within reach of children, using the elbow is an acceptable alternative.
Reduce Stress Levels
Stress can take a toll even on a child’s body. School work, test preparations, exams everything can pile up and leave your little one feeling overwhelmed. Elevated stress hormones can lower immunity and expose them to ailments. It is recommended you give your kids plenty of free time during the flu season to relax, play and stimulate their creativity.
This immune boosting mineral is ideal for warding off illness, when taken daily for 5 months it dramatically reduces the chances of coming down with viral infections. Zinc is found in beef, lamb, oysters, cashews, beans, pumpkin seeds to name a few. If you are opting for supplements, then try getting multivitamins for your child. Make sure they contain zinc, vitamin C and D.
Incorporating these easy to follow steps will ensure your child has fewer absences from school, stays healthy, happy and fit. If in case your child still catches the flu and is above 12 years, you can give them Herbion Cold & Flu Remedy.