Have you ever sat at a playground during cold and flu season and watched kids react when they have a cold? One kid may wipe his nose on his sleeve, while another kid sneezes on the kids he’s playing with. There is no doubt that kids spread germs and they do so quite easily. However, you can teach your children ways in which they can help prevent spreading colds and flu.
Washing hands properly- Hand washing is one of the best ways to help prevent colds and flu. Teach your kids to wash their hands before eating, after going to the bathroom, after blowing their nose and after playing outside. The proper way to wash hands is to lather up with soap and then sing the Happy Birthday song twice, before rinsing with warm water.
Get enough sleep– Getting the proper amount of sleep can help boost the immune systems, preventing colds and flu. The amount of sleep you need depends on your age. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that kids ages 3-5 need 10-13 hours of sleep a night; kids ages 6-13 need 9-11 hours of sleep per night and teens ages 14-17 need 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
Eat foods rich in Phytonutrients- Phytonutrients are compounds that are found in plants. Foods that are rich in phytonutrients can help boost the immune system. Some of these foods include greens like asparagus, kiwi and lettuce; reds such as apples, strawberries and tomatoes; oranges like carrots, oranges and peaches and blues/purples such as blueberries, eggplant and plums.
Eat foods rich in Vitamin C- Vitamin C is a water-soluble, natural-occurring nutrient. Vitamin C is the ideal vitamin to help prevent colds and flu. There are several fruits and vegetables that feature a high amount of Vitamin C, including oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, papaya, spinach, bell peppers and Brussel sprouts.
Here’s to a healthy 2018!