Even though most of us are more than ready for spring, we can be assured that winter is not quite ready to bid us farewell. Not only will most of us continue to be subjected to snow and ice, but for families with children, the last ravages of winter often takes the form of feverish children with runny noses and coughs. Although there is little that can be done about the winter weather, parents can use the following cold prevention tips to help their little ones skip past the late winter cold season this year.
Rest, Hydration & Nourishment
Our children’s immune systems take a beating each winter. The dry, heated environment of crowded buses and hectic schoolrooms provides a fertile breeding ground for the cold germs and viruses that kids seem to attract. Kids who are well rested, well hydrated and well nourished are the ones whose immune systems will have the strength to ward off the illnesses caused by these nasties.
- Make sure kids get the right amount of rest for their age. For infants, this could mean as much as 18 hours of restful sleep per day, while toddlers and preschoolers need 12 to 14 hours of rest. Even elementary and high school age children require 10 to 11 hours of rest. Without enough ZZZs, bodies become sluggish and more vulnerable to getting sick.
- Help school age children keep their after-school activity roster at a healthy level to prevent them from becoming too tired, or stressed.
- Encourage kids to drink more healthy fluids during this time of year, including Vitamin C-rich fruit juices and water versus sugary drinks. Water also helps carry nutrients and rid the body of toxins.
- Add additional nutrition and hydration benefits by including broth-based soups to the family menu during cold season and be sure to include healthful, fiber-rich foods such as apples, nuts and oats to help boost immunity levels and fight inflammation. An apple a day could in fact keep the doctor away!
Focus on Personal Hygiene
As much as eighty percent of infectious diseases are spread through touch, including the common cold and influenza. To avoid bringing unwanted germs into the home, teach children of all ages the importance of washing their hands frequently and help them learn proper hand washing techniques. Often, making hand washing fun by teaching them to sing a song, recite the alphabet or count while washing will help to ensure that they wash their hands more thoroughly.
Teach kids how to avoid picking up germs in public places, such as restrooms by using a paper towel to keep from touching doorknobs, faucets and toilet levers. Keep a supply of tissues, alcohol-based sanitizers and moistened hand wipes at home, in coat pockets and in the car for quick clean ups on the go. In addition, these can be used to wipe down restaurant tables, shopping carts and other objects that are known to harbor germs.
Keeping the Home Healthy
Paying extra attention to cleanliness in the home is another way to prevent the spread of illness, especially in families with children. Use a vinegar or hydrogen peroxide cleaning solution to frequently disinfect objects such as doorknobs, remote controls, light switches and fridge door handles.
Get Rid of Stress
Dealing with sick kids is stressful and many parents will find themselves falling ill in the aftermath. Consider taking a proactive course to help reduce this stress, boost immunity and return your home to a healthy environment by calling on Mopfrog to thoroughly clean and sanitize your home. Their natural cleaning methods and attention to detail will have your home feeling, looking and smelling clean, fresh and healthy in no time!