Winter brings with it shorter days and longer nights, and, of course, cold weather! With that also brings something that may not be so welcome – winter colds and the flu! Are you prepared?
A few ways to combat those winter colds is prevention and protection, especially for those little ones. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep those winters fun and magical, and less about those nasty colds.
Winter Care Tip #1: Hydration
This may seem really obvious, or maybe not, but staying hydrated (with water) is always a good way to combat sickness. Not only does it help with all your internal digestion processes, but it also helps with ridding the body of toxins, especially when you pick up a cold. Doctors got it right – plenty of fluids! Staying hydrated all the time keeps you staying healthy!
Winter Care Tip #2: Hand Washing
Make sure to wash your hands (and your children’s hands) frequently during cold and flu season as this also helps with other germs that will no doubt be lurking around this season. One that seems to affect children during wintertime is gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu. This sickness is caused by the rotavirus, norovirus or the enterovirus bugs and causes vomiting, diarrhea and fevers that can last from 24 hours to 6 days.
Winter Care Tip #3: Flu Shot
Many doctors recommend taking the flu shot every season to combat against the flu. These shots are weakened versions of the flu strand that is different every year. By getting vaccinated, your body will develop antibodies, boosting your immune system.
Winter Care Tip #4: Plenty of Sleep
Another way to prepare for the cold and flu season is to give your body what it needs every night – a good night’s sleep to recuperate and rejuvenate. Make sure your child also follows a good sleep schedule that is consistent and will allow for enough rest at night.
We hope you are enjoying the wonderful winter season and making the most of it by staying healthy, hydrated and happy!
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