4 Steps for Children (and Adults) to Avoid Colds this Winter

 

4 Steps for Children (and Adults) to Avoid Colds this WinterIt's no secret that kids pass germs from one to another relentlessly, without even knowing what they're doing. One kid may sneeze into his hands and then high five his friend, quite possibly passing out germs that will cause a cold, flu or other similar illness. It is important that you teach your kids methods of avoiding colds, and how to prevent passing their own germs at the same time. This is especially true for kids who spend time in daycare and school throughout the day, when they are most often surrounding by runny noses and coughs. To help keep them safe be sure they understand these four tips.

Wash Your Hands

Properly washing your hands is one of the best ways for anyone to prevent the flu or colds. Be sure to teach your children to use warm water and soap and wash for at least 20 seconds, then rinse, and then dry their hands well. Washing your hands should be done after using the restroom, before eating, after playing, after blowing your hose or any time hands become dirty.

Don't Share Food Utensils or Drinks

Kids love to share food and drinks, but doing so without care can lead to illness. It is a good habit to teach your children to never share food by using the same utensil or drinks from the same glass, can or bottle, even if nobody is sick.

Cover your Cough and Sneeze

The latest rendition of covering your cough or your sneeze involves placing your nose and mouth in the crease of the inside of your elbow. This helps prevent the germs from getting onto hands, which makes them less likely to spread. Be sure to demonstrate this healthy practice to your child.

Get Plenty of Rest

Children need lots of sleep. For kids between the ages of 5 and 10 it is recommended that they get between 10 and 11 hours per night, and more for even younger children. This helps their immune system recharge from fighting germs through the day. If they do get sick, the downtime will also result in a quicker recovery.

Helping your child stay healthy is a critical component of parenting. Teaching your kids these steps not only helps prevent them from getting sick, but it also will reduce the chances of their peers being affected by illness as well. At Country Day Care and Magnolia Ridge Child Development Centers we strive to provide a fun and healthy environment at our Richmond and Glen Allen daycare centers. If you have questions or concerns about the health risks your child may face while at daycare, don't hesitate to contact us. To learn more about our Glen Allen and Richmond child care centers give us a call at the location nearest you.


Country Day Care Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ