Posted by Dr. Della Parker on November 27, 2018
Winter time is generally the time when everyone is more likely to spread germs and get sick. Children who are more sensitive to the spread of germs are even more likely to become ill if the proper care is not taken. To protect your kids from sneezes and sniffles this winter season, here are a few tips.
Wash Hands. Make sure you children are in the habit of washing their hands with soap and water. Hands should be washed before eating, after going to the bathroom, after blowing noses – any time they are exposed to potential germs.
Keep Warm With Layers. Protecting little ones against the cold during winter is crucial. A hat will help trap body heat and mittens will protect hands from frost bite. Boots will keep feet nice and warm and also prevent slipping and falling.
Sleep. Remember that children require more sleep than adults to keep their immune system boosted. Anywhere from 10 to 13 hours is standard for young kids.
Clean Up. Hit up all frequently touched surfaces with a disinfecting wipe or spray. Door knobs, light switches, computer keyboards, car seats, and of course toys and other play items your kids use often. Germs can linger in beds, too, so wash bedding in hot, soapy water to prevent illness or if your child has just gotten over a cold or flu.
Eat Well. Children need a healthy diet to stay healthy. Lean protein, vitamin C-rich fruits, and green leafy vegetables are all good for kids. Be sure to talk to your family doctor about the potential benefits of adding a vitamin supplement.
Get Up and Moving. Physical activity, of course, promotes good health as well. There are a number of great seasonal activities – such as sledding, skating, building a snow man, etc. – that kids will enjoy and are a great way to get the heart pumping.
Hand Sanitizer. As mentioned above, keeping hands clean is a big part of preventing the spread of germs. Give your kid a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer for school or provide their teacher with disinfecting wipes to keep the classroom germ-free. Encourage your kid to use the sanitizer before eating, before using a classroom computer, or after sneezing or coughing.
Cover Up When Sneezing and Coughing. Teach your children to cover both mouth and nose with a tissue when they sneeze or cough. Tell them to toss the used tissue in the trash. If there are no tissues on hand, let your child know to sneeze or couch into the crook of their elbow instead of their hands.
Don’t Share Everything. Sharing is an important skill for children to learn, but let your child know there are some exceptions. Not sharing food or drink can prevent the spread of germs.
Of course, another key step to health and wellness is regular visits your doctor. The professionals at Stellar Health & Wellness are ready to give you the care you need and deserve. Our staff will work in tandem with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms, concerns and lifestyle. If you are a mom and want to focus on your wellness, call 503-344-6631 today for a free consultation!
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