Flu season is here, and that brings colds, aches, pains and other common illnesses to many families. Keep your children healthy during flu season by practicing healthy habits and good hygiene.
Fuel Your Body Well
Keeping your kids healthy means keeping their immune system healthy. Start with a healthy diet. A healthy diet includes plenty of lean protein, vegetables, and fruits. It also minimizes excess sugar and bad fats. Aim for a balanced diet with more whole foods and less processed foods.
Get Your Zzzz’s
Getting a good night’s sleep is a vital part of a healthy, strong immune system. Set a bedtime for all family members and stick to the sleep schedule, even on the weekends.
Another way to help you and your kids a good nights sleep is to avoid using the bedroom for activities other than sleeping. Reduce or eliminate TV watching and the use of phones, tablets, gaming devices, etc. in the bedroom. This will help kids develop healthy sleeping habits, and for couples, leaving the phones outside of the bedroom can improve communication by allowing you to spend some quality, uninterrupted time together.
Wash Your Hands
Children spread germs easily, so it’s important for everyone in the family to wash their hands regularly. Make sure kids wash their hands after using the restroom, after sneezing or coughing, before and after meals, and when they arrive home from school.
Quarantine the Sick
If someone in your family gets sick, they should be kept away from everyone else. Do not let them share toys and devices with other family members, and wipe down anything they touch with a disinfectant.
It’s good practice to wipe down handles, keyboards, remote controls and doorknobs regularly during the flu season even if no one appears sick.