Preventing Winter Colds and Flu
There is no sure cure for the common cold, but there are lots of smart and easy ways to prevent your family from getting sick this year and help your child develop good hygiene habits. Here are some ideas to prevent and shorten the duration of colds and help boost immune systems:
- Avoid taking your newborn into crowded places during cold and flu season. Wait until he is 6 to 8 weeks-old and his immune system is better developed.
- Prepare your child to stay healthy—and get ready for kindergarten—by teaching him about germs. Preschoolers should avoid putting their mouths on a water fountain and can learn to not share a water bottle, cup or utensils.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control, hand-washing is the best defense against illness. Wash your hands often, and teach toddlers and older children good hand-washing technique: Wet fingers and palms, lather, scrub for at least 20 seconds, (and don’t forget the fingers!), rinse and dry. If no running water is available, non-alcohol hand sanitizers can be used under adult supervision, but soap and water is the cleaning method recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Teach children “cough etiquette.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teaching kids to turn their heads and cough or sneeze into a tissue or inside their elbow (a “Dracula cough”) can help prevent spreading a cold or flu.
- If your child has a cough or sore throat that persists, it might be a sign of asthma or allergies. See your pediatrician as soon as possible to help your child feel better.
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