11 Feb · Tim Carter · One Comment

How to Protect Your Child From Sick Kids

When the flu season finally comes around most families accept sniffles, coughs, and fevers as a simple fact of life. Even if your child is exposed to a classroom full of kids with germs, however, there are a few steps that can be taken to keep them free from this year’s strain of the flu or any other sicknesses. Here is a look at some simple tips and tricks that you can use to protect your child from sick kids.

Getting a Flu Shot

A yearly flu shot is 90 percent effective in most children. While some parents would prefer to steer clear of annual shots, it is important to remember that the common cold evolves every single year. As new strains develop the flu shots are altered to adapt to the sickness. If reoccuring illnesses are becoming a serious problem, this is one of the best solutions.

Practice Proper Hand Hygiene

From a very early age every child should be taught proper hand hygiene. Parents should lead by example and teach their children how to properly disinfect their hands for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap. A simple trick to get children to wash their hands long enough is to have them sing “Happy Birthday” twice when lathering their hands with the soap.

Disinfect Your Home

When a home is not properly disinfected it is going to become a prime location for lingering germs. Even if your child does not become immediately sick after interacting with another sick child, they may bring the germs home and spread them to the rest of the family. Passing germs back and forth can often be avoided by washing bedding regularly, changing toothbrushes, and disinfecting every surface in the kitchen and bathroom.

Exercise with the Family

When the weather becomes colder and the days are shorter many families will find themselves failing to get the exercise that they need to stay healthy. What parents may not realize is that regularly exercising with their children is one of the single most important steps for improving their immune system. At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day has been proven to strengthen a child’s immune system dramatically.

Keep Children from Touching Their Face

Even with perfect hygiene habits, hands will still come into contact with germs at a school or daycare. This is why parents must teach their children the importance of avoiding touching their face during the flu season. If their eyes itch or their nosy is runny they should immediately reach for a tissue instead of using their hands. Finger foods should also be avoided at all costs as it is a common method of passing germs.

Check the School’s “Sick-Kid” Policy

Any facility that cares for children should have some form of sick-kid policy in place. These policies are used to determine when it is mandatory for children to stay home due to an illness. This often includes fevers that reach a certain temperature, vomitting, diarrhea, and visible infections such as pink eye. If any children are showing these symptoms the teachers or staff should be notified immediately.

Try Natural Immune System Boosters

The cornerstone of a child’s health will come down to their hydration and a well-balanced diet, but parents may want to go one step further and utilize some natural immune system boosters. Probiotic foods as well as rich bone broths are a great place to start as they help the stomach to naturally balance bacteria and ward off infections. Other boosters include garlic, ginger, vitamin C, echinacea, and goldenseal.

Tim Carter

I’m Tim Carter, a thirty something year old, husband, father, childcare owner, and chocolate brownie lover. I believe children deserve better and only hope this blog will create a little change.