The leaves are falling, the air is chilly and the season has changed. That can only mean one thing… cold and flu season is here! Instead of just waiting for the initial sickness to affect your kiddos, start preventing sicknesses! Here are a few tips to save you and your kids the headache (no pun intended) of falling ill!
Remind your children to wash their hands! I can NOT stress this more! Our hands come in contact with billions of germs, so having clean hands is one sure fire way to stop the spread of germs. Remind them that after using the restroom, playing with toys and before eating, to wash their hands. Also invest in pocket sized hand sanitizers for your children. This way, if for some reason soap and water aren’t available, they can still have clean hands. Purell and Germ-X are available at most large shopping centers such as Wal- Mart and Target.
Bundle up those kiddos! Since the temperatures are lowering, it’s time to layer up! Change out tees for sweaters and add on a jacket to protect them from the brisk, autumn air. If your children are waiting for a bus or walking to and from school, have them take a beanie and a scarf for extra coverage.
Help them boost their immune systems! By having them take a daily vitamin and giving them orange juice to start their day, they will receive adequate amounts of power packed vitamins, especially the super hero vitamin, Vitamin C!
Build your own cold and flu kit like Carrie over at, MakingLemonadeBlog! Include the essentials such as medications, Kleenex, thermometers and cough drops. Add a few fun things like coloring books or special DVDs to watch with your children while they’re sick!
If your child does get sick, here are some tips and tricks to ease the discomfort!
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Proper medicating. Make sure that when your children are sick that you don’t over medicate them. Follow the instructions on the back of the medications, or if you feel like a dose is too much, alter it to your children’s needs!
Make sure they get plenty of rest! They may need to take a day or two off from school to get back on their feet. Make sure they are sleeping enough and are comfortable.
Remind them to cover their mouths when coughing. Once their well enough to go back to school, help them prevent the spread of germs to their classmates by teaching them to cough into their elbow and blow their noses in a tissue.
Remind them to wash their hands! Again this is huge! Preventing the spread of germs to their peers after blowing their nose and coughing is essential. They can do so by keeping their hands clean!
Hugs, love and chicken noodle soup! Just a snuggle from you will make your children feel a little less crummy and they’ll be craving the affection! Your power packed chicken noodle soup will make them feel warm inside and taste like happiness when fighting off a cold!
I hope these tips are useful during this upcoming cold season! I wish you and your kiddies health and happiness!