Cold & Flu Season:
Tips to Prevent Illness
With the cold and flu season approaching, and no sure way
for a cure, we need to help our children learn to prevent catching or spreading
those germs. Here are a few tips to help:
Wash hands often.
Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. Using warm water and
soap, wash hands for as long as it takes to sing the alphabet. Some parents
carry antibacterial wet wipes and lotion to use when water and soap is not
available. These can also be used to wipe down toys and books after having
friends over for a playdate.
Sneeze or cough into a disposable cloth.
Germs and viruses cling to your bare hands, so where possible, keep kleenex or
paper towel close and teach your children to sneeze into it. Throw away the
tissue as well as the germs!
Don't touch your face.
Cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Touching their faces is the major way children catch colds, and a key way they
pass colds on to their parents.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Water helps to flush the poisons and toxins from your body. One measure to
tell if you are drinking enough is checking the color of your urine. If the
color of your urine runs close to clear, you're getting enough. If it's deep
yellow, you need more fluids.
Get fresh air.
During very warm or cold seasons, people tend to spend more time indoors which
means more germs are circulating in crowded rooms. Remember to dress for the
Getting aerobic exercise helps increase the body's natural virus-killing
cells. Get the whole family outdoors for a game of tag or races!
Sleep. Set a regular routine for a solid night's sleep.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast, nutritious lunch, balanced dinner and
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