It’s back to school time, which means here comes the cold and flu season! UGH!!!! I’m not looking forward to it, but I am trying to prepare. Here’s a list of some ideas / tips on what I am working on with the kids at home on how to prevent cold and flu this season.
I have searched long and hard for vitamins that my kids like and actually eat that I felt were healthy. A friend recommended a brand called Nordic Naturals, I ordered them and we love them.
My 10 year old already knows the drill. but my almost 4 year old, we are working on it daily. Constant reminders if you cough or sneeze, do so into your arm or a tissue if available. If you blow your nose, you must wash hands and or sanitize immediately. I’ve also attached a little sanitizer to their backpacks in case no sink is available.
Hand washing……OMG is this important. I don’t know how many times a day I am reminding the kids to wash their hands. I know my daughter has formed good habits even when I am not around but I am trying to get my son to a point that he will do so on his own without reminders one day.
Keep kids home when sick
When your kids get sick, please keep them home. So many send their kids off to school when they are ill and it spreads like wildfire. Next thing you know half the class is out and it just lingers longer than anyone wants. Let your kids stay home until they make a full recovery. It’s typically safe to send your kids back to school after their has been no fever present for 24 hours.
Disinfect at home
I find it best to spray Lysol at least once-twice a week around my kids toys, door knobs, table & chairs, car seat, tv controls and just a swirl around the rooms to freshen the air.
It would also not harm to ask the teacher how often the kids in class are sanitizing their desk and common used items. I make sure to send in the tubs of sanitizer wipes and ask my daughter to let me know when she notices they run out to get them refilled.
It’s so important to make sure the cleanliness continues all year long to prevent cold & flu. I have high hopes that this season we don’t get sick and if we do, it won’t last too long. Fingers Crossed 🙂