You may think colds are inevitable for your kids, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. There are several steps you can take to help them stay away from common illness. Follow these 10 tips to keep your kids healthy during cold season.
10 Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy During Cold Season
I’m starting this list off with what I think is the most important – Keep Your House Clean. If there’s sickness all over your house and the kids are getting sick time and time again, it’s time to detoxify your home. I mean scrub it down, parents!
Keep Your House Clean
Do your best to disinfect your home (without chemicals). Wipe down commonly used areas of your home, like light switches, and faucet handles, remotes, and handrails, often with a natural disinfectant like vinegar. If this isn’t helping, then, as I mentioned above – it’s time for a Home Detox Cleaning.
If your kids only follow one rule from this list, make it this one. Since kids often touch each other, as well as their mouths and faces, washing their hands regularly is the best way to keep them healthy. Your kids should wash their hands with warm water and soap before eating, after going to the bathroom, and when they come inside from playing.
I’m sure all parents do this, but I’m going to tell you again. Teach your kids to cover their mouth with the inside of their elbow when sneezing or coughing. This helps them avoid transferring their germs to their hands and possibly other kids.
Another tip along this line is to teach your kids (and yourself) to use their knuckle when pushing buttons and not their pointer finger. How many times do we touch our faces and other parts of our bodies with our fingers? A lot – so use your knuckle!
Go to Sleep
Growing children need a lot of sleep – between 9 and 14 hours each night. Making sure your kids get the necessary sleep they need will help them ward off illnesses because restful sleep helps strengthen their immune system.
Keeping your kids active during cold season will also help boost their immune system. Regular, moderate exercise every day is essential in keeping your kids healthy during cold season.
My husband and son being active at the Annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Event. Though it’s walking distance from our house (picture of them above walking to the event), these guys are getting exercise!
While we often teach our young children the importance of sharing, its best for children to keep things to themselves during cold season. Sharing items, from pencils to food, increases the likelihood that your kids will share their germs as well. At my son’s school, they are not allowed to share their food during lunchtime, or even during snack time.
Another great way to keep your kids healthy during the cold season is to make sure they have a well-balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables. Foods with lots of vitamins C and D are great at starving colds.
A hydrated body is better at fighting off germs and viruses, so it’s also important to make sure your kids are drinking plenty of water. Water is also essential to help keep mucus thin and can prevent dehydration due to fever.
Avoid Sick Kids
While this seems like an obvious point, it’s probably not easy for your kids to do. Sick kids come to school every day. But remind them that staying away from other kids who have a cold will help keep them healthy.
Hopefully, these 10 Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy During Cold Season will work for your family, and you’ll be able to go through this awful season sick-free! That’s my hope for you!