Although staying home from school may be an attractive option to your child, missing school days due to illness can cause students to miss out on important learning opportunities, and increases the chances they will fall behind in their work.
To keep kids healthy, and in class every day, it is important to create habits that help keep the flu bug at bay. While it may be far fetched to prevent a child from ever falling ill, it is possible to keep them as healthy as possible so their chances are lessened, and their recovery time is decreased.
Instead of reacting to the flu bug once it has already hit, follow these tips to prevent illness before it happens.
Tips to help your family stay healthy during flu season:
- Disinfect to Protect:
Be sure to clean and disinfect any surfaces that are frequently touched, such
as door handles, countertops, stair railings, etc.
- V is for Vitamins: Be sure your family is getting
important vitamins in their daily diet. Vitamins C and D are most important.
- Washed Away:
Washing your hands several times a day can ensure germs don’t travel from your
hands to other parts of your body. Keeping your hands away from your face can
help as well, as germs can easily breed once they reach the eyes, nose, and
mouth. Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds and should include a
generous amount of soap.
- Get Your ZZZ’s:
Maintaining a regular sleep schedule and getting the proper amount of sleep
helps the body stay well rested and strong instead of worn down and unhealthy.
- Food Fight:
Eat healthy foods that are natural fighters of infection, such as garlic and
- Throat Protection:
Sore throats are a common (and extremely uncomfortable) symptom of being sick.
Gargle with warm salt water to keep germs at bay, and drink plenty of warm
liquids to keep your throat feeling fine.
Staying fit even as the weather turns chilly is important to keep your body
healthy and ready for when germs attack. A healthy body will be able to ward
off sickness better and will drastically decrease recovery time.
- Rest Up:
If you begin to feel unwell, it is better to rest up for a day by staying home
and away from public places, rather than trying to fight through the flu and continuing
to run your body down until it gives up. This can keep missed school/work days
to a minimum.
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How do you keep your family happy & healthy during flu season??