As if parents haven’t had enough to worry about with covid still lurking about, it’s flu season once again and now that’s just another worry on their minds. Actually, there are ways to keep kids healthy and it all starts at home. Here are a few tips to help you keep your kids from getting the flu this year.
Schedule Flu Vaccinations for Everyone in the Home
On the NHS website you can get all the information you need on which type of vaccine is best for your children based on their age and state of their health. This will help immensely with children who go to school or day care because they will be in contact with other children who may be carrying the virus, and it may be your first line of defence.
Keep Everything Clean and Sanitized
One of the most difficult habits to get children into is washing their hands frequently without touching their face in between. The flu virus can live anywhere from 24 to 48 hours on hard, non-porous surfaces. While you can by great disinfectant spray OTC, you can also order medical grade products at sites like medical-supermarket.com. Wash down all surfaces daily and then spray them with a high-grade disinfectant spray. This will help to ensure that no germs live on the surfaces they are likely to touch.
Teach Them Proper Handwashing Techniques
Even though kids love to play in water, it’s sometimes difficult to get them to stop and wash in between activities. Teachers at school will often have the kids line up between activities and certainly before and after eating to wash their hands, but at home it’s another story altogether. It takes a vigilant parent to stay on top of little people who are likely to bounce back and forth between games they play. Perhaps foaming colourful soap will entice them to wash more frequently, but this is a must along with keeping surfaces clean.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Do your kids like fish? If so, you might not believe this, but fish and chips actually is healthier than you might believe! Fish is high in Omega-3 which can keep them healthy. They are known to provide the following benefits:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Provide energy
- Strengthen the heart, lungs, and blood vessels
Of course, you’ll want to drain the grease they were fried in, but if you have an air fryer, that’s not something you’ll need to worry about!
A Final Word
Wrapping it up, the one thing you may want to continue doing is providing face masks for your children for school and play. Anytime they are outdoors or likely to be in crowds of other children, teach them to try to stay a distance away and keep their masks over their mouths and noses. Yes, this will help to guard against covid that is still out there, but it will also help to protect them against this year’s strains of influenza. Keeping our children healthy during flu season is always a concern but all of the above should help keep this year as safe and healthy as possible.
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