Did you know that even if you isolate your child inside the house or bedroom for a day, there is still a chance that he could acquire flu or cold due to germs? Common cold carrier viruses spread through the air and contaminate surfaces, and are spread by close personal contact. Flu virus spreads when a person with the virus sneezes, coughs or talks, and airborne particles land in another person’s mouth or nose. Below are some tips to protect your child from cold and flu.
Get a Flu Vaccine
Medical experts suggest getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect your child and even adult family members. Health studies show that the vaccine may reduce risks of flu illnesses by approximately 50 – 60%, and more for children fifteen years old and below. The vaccine may also minimize the symptoms as well as shorten the period of illness.
Maintain a Clean Environment
Regularly clean and sanitize the house and everything inside it. Wash floors with soap and water, wipe walls, doors, and decor, and regularly dispose of garbage to maintain a germ-free place. Also, keep the kitchen, kitchen utensils and countertops clean as the kitchen is often the breeding place of germs.
Hand Wash Regularly And Properly
Teach your child to wash their hands often and when needed, like before and after eating, after using the restroom and after playing. Encourage them to use soap and water rather than just using hand sanitizers or alcohol. Germs may be hiding underneath your child’s fingernails so show them the proper way of washing their hands: wet hands with running water, lather with soap and rub them together between fingers and under the nails for at least 20 seconds, then wash off with water.
Provide Protective Gear
A sudden change in temperature can make you feel under the weather, which can weaken the immune system. When extreme cold sets in, provide your child with protective gear like hats, snowsuits, boots, umbrella, socks, jackets, gloves and scarf.
Weather Protect the House
There is no point in providing your child with a whole set of protective gear but leaving your home without. Before the winter arrives, clean gutters and downspouts, spray ice repellent solution on steps and walks, drain birdbaths and fountains, and sweep snow off plants and shrubs. Stay off your roof, and when ice and snow have melted, inspect the roof and canopies for any damage. Find the best RV awnings for your budget that are durable and one that can last through different weather conditions.
Boost Your Child’s Immune System
The Harvard Medical School found that the first line of defense to keeping the immune system at its best condition is to live a healthy lifestyle. Do this by giving your child and the whole family nutritious food like fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C, avoid junk food and soda, exercise regularly and get enough sleep to boost the immune system. Older members of the family should avoid vices like smoking and alcohol as these easily attack the immune system.