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How to Protect Your Kids from Colds, Flu and other viruses like Coronavirus

How to Protect Your Kids from Cold and Flu

From taking care of their hygiene to giving them some right food to eat, here are some ways to protect your kids from common viruses including cold and flu.

Winter is upon us. Or you can say that the season of cold and flu is upon us. Cold and flu season often starts in October as the weather gets colder. The season can last to May. Kids are more vulnerable to catch cold or infection due close contacts. Sometimes, they fall sick after coming into close contact with a sick person or germ-laden surfaces.

Here are some to protect your kids from the cold and flu.

Hand Hygiene:

Your kids can come into contact with viruses when they touch surfaces as well as cell phones, doorknobs, remotes, and computer keyboards. In fact, this is a top reason why kids fall ill during winter. Here is a simple good old idea— have them wash their hands often and wipe surfaces frequently.

You should teach them how to wash the hands the right way. Make sure they rub their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing will minimize the transmission of germs and protect your child’s health. Besides, They can also use  hand sanitizer for an extra layer of protection.

Tell Them to Stay Away from Sick People:

Tell your kids to stay away from their sick friends. Although they may miss their company for some time, it will keep them healthy and away from infections. If you know that someone in your home is not feeling well, ask them to avoid your kids until they recover.

See your Pediatrician:

See a doctor if your kid continues to remain ill for 1-2 weeks or if a fever doesn’t resolve after 2-3 days. Also consult a pediatrician if they have a high fever, chills, shakes, vomiting, cough, fatigue or respiratory distress like difficulty breathing. These symptoms may indicate something serious like flu, bacterial infection and or more recently Coronavirus. If your kid is suffering from asthma, diabetes or other chronic health conditions, consult a provider for further help.

Give them Immune-Boosting Foods:

Certain foods support the immune system, thereby warding off cold and flu—or at least minimize the duration or severity of them. Plus, they are full of nutrients that help with proper growth and development. Some of them are oranges, garlic, almonds, oily fish, chicken soup, and mushrooms.  

Get Flu Vaccinations:

Your whole family requires protection from the viruses that are at peak during flu season, from school to daycare to home to the workplace and back again. According to the CDC, almost all kids (at least 6 months old) and adults should get the flu vaccine every year by the end of October or earlier.

Thanks for reading some ways to protect your kids from cold and flu as well as keep them healthy.

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