Getting through Flu and Cold season unscathed is nearly impossible, especially when you have kids who are in school and have contact with other kids. But there are some things you can do to prepare and possibly avoid the flu as much as possible. Here are some ideas:
Get a Flu Shot
This seems to be the most common advice given by medical experts everywhere. It’s important that adults as well as children are vaccinated. When a parent comes down with the flu, it makes it that much more difficult to care for children. This year’s flu vaccination composition is designed to fight off several different strains of the flu. Physicians are suggesting that everyone gets a flu shot this year.
Be Sure to Wash Your Hands
It’s important to prevent the spreading of germs as much as possible. This means washing our hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. When a child coughs into their hand and then touches a toy, video game controller or even a doorknob, they are potentially spreading illness. Teach your children to wash their hands properly and to sneeze or cough into their elbows instead of their hands.
Prepare By Having Food on Hand
A loss of appetite is a common side effect of having the flu. Sometimes soup and crackers is all that we feel like we can get down when we’re sick. Be sure to stock up on these types of food items to have on hand should you come down with the flu. This will help you avoid unnecessary trips to the store when you don’t feel up to it. It will also make things easier if you and your kids find yourselves fighting the flu together.
Stay Active and Go Outside
Staying indoors makes it more difficult to stay healthy. Be sure you’re getting outdoors often to take in fresh air and to get some exercise. Take your kids for a walk around the block or let them run around in the yard. This will not only help them stay active and keep their immune system in good shape, but it will also allow them to soak in some much needed Vitamin D!
Get Plenty of Sleep
Our bodies need sleep to restore energy and keep our system in check. Getting a good amount of sleep each night ensures you have the energy to fight illness when it comes along. First be sure that you’re getting enough sleep yourself, then focus on getting your kids to bed on time and even encouraging naps for little ones.
We hope you’re able to successfully navigate your way through flu season without any sickness in your home. However, if your children do get sick, remember that All Kids Urgent Care is ready for you! Give us a call to find out about our limited supply of flu shots.