Winters have finally approached us! The more exciting this season is, the more we become vulnerable to viruses (especially children). These cold and flu viruses spread around our everyday environment each year. My children get sick a lot during these couple of months. When one runny nose is getting fine, the other one shows up. I’ve been looking for help and consulted many health experts to know what works best for kids in winter. I wanted to share these tips with you.
- Make your children wash their hands frequently with warm water and soap.
- Make sure your children get enough sleep as it helps in lessening the chances of catching viruses.
- Give probiotic (which includes Vitamin D) daily to your children. Vitamin D is “antioxidant” that helps to prevent colds.
- If you see your child has caught a cold, use saline spray in their nostrils (use separate for each child to avoid germs) to help rinse out the virus.
- Give your children warm drinks with honey and lemon before bedtime.
- Steam up the bathroom before bath time. Warm and steamy bathrooms help fight off viruses during bath.
- Limit the use of sugar when you find your child is coming down with something. Sugar increase inflammation in the body and more inflammation helps in poorer health.
- Children lose body fluids quickly when they’re sick (having runny nose or fever), make sure you give enough clear fluids to make up the loss.
- While we teach our children “sharing is caring”, try to explain them to not share their drinks with their friends to avoid germs.
No matter how conscious and cautious a mum you are, unfortunately a few colds and viruses still make the round through your home. However we can at least minimize them and keep our children healthy this winter by taking a few extra measures.