Cold and flu season is upon us, and it’s not always easy to keep our little ones healthy and well. But with some common sense approaches, the whole family can avoid those nasty viruses and enjoy all the fun winter has to offer!
There are many natural ways to avoid germs, and hand washing is one of the best! Teach your children to sing Happy Birthday as they scrub away, it will help the time go by and ensure they are properly removing germs. Anti-bacterial gels are great for when you’re on the go. At Adventure Park Academy we have stringent hand washing procedures before and after meals, outside play and any sensory activities, as well as hand sanitizer available.
Also make sure they are eating healthy. Foods full of vitamin C (oranges, broccoli, strawberries) and vitamin D (fortified milk, tuna, cereals) are excellent ways to fight colds and flu.
Getting enough zzz’s is crucial. Children preschool age should be getting 12-14 hours of sleep per night, and school aged children should be getting 10-11 hours. Get them into an early bedtime routine and they will wake up refreshed and ready for the day, and keep their immune system in tip-top shape.
Being active is a perfect way to fight off pesky germs. Not only is exercise fun for kids, and a great way to help them burn off some excess steam, it increases their bodies natural virus-killing cells. So get them out there!
And if even with these tips and tricks you find the dreaded cold has got your little one down, there are a few natural ways to help ease the discomfort. Liquids, popsicles and soups are all great ways to keep them hydrated. Also try honey for a great cough and throat soother (*this is only safe for children 1 and over though!). With a little TLC and healthy habits, you’ll have them back on their feet in no time!