It’s that time of the year. Flu season is upon us! Every parent dreads their child getting sick. You have a child not feeling well, not eating or sleeping well, missing school and parents missing work, and possibly a visit to the doctor for medical attention. Here are some tips to help your kids avoid influenza this season
Tips Helping Kids Avoid Flu This Fall in Omaha & Bellevue, NE
Follow these doctor-recommended tips for your best chance of avoiding the flu this season:
Wash hands frequently
Your child is exposed to bacteria and viruses daily at daycare, school and at home. Whether it’s through a favorite shared preschool toy, a bathroom faucet or a doorknob, exposure to viruses can happen quickly. The best defense is simply using soap and warm water to disinfect hands after playing outside, before meals and snacks, after bathroom visits, and after petting animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least 10-15 seconds of hand scrubbing during each hand wash.
Get a flu shot
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu shot. Be sure to follow your pediatrician’s recommendation. October is the best time to get your flu shot to provide optimal protection against this season’s main influenza strains. Urgent Care Omaha clinics’ price is $40 cash pay, but be sure to check your insurance policy as many plans offer free shots as part of their coverage.
Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the elbow
Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue. If a tissue isn’t available, use your elbow. Kids shouldn’t cough or sneeze into their hands as this only spreads germs more easily.
Teach young kids how to blow their noses
Encourage little ones to avoid putting their fingers in their noses and teach them to use a tissue as soon as they are old enough. Throw away tissues immediately after each use.
Drink more water
Staying hydrated can help your body fight viruses. Water is especially important when a child has a fever. Fever causes our bodies to lose water due to sweating and also increases the body’s need for water due to increased metabolism. Plenty of water also helps to keep mucous thin, making it easier to cough up or blow from the nose.
Disinfect your house
No one enjoys scrubbing countertops and toilets, but doing so can reduce the number of germs in your house. Be sure you are disinfecting toys and household surfaces, especially kitchens and bathrooms.
Avoid people who are sick
This seems obvious, but it might be necessary to “quarantine” household members who become sick to avoid spreading the illness to others in the house, especially young children. Also, make sure your child stays home from school if he or she is sick.
Get a good night’s sleep.
Studies show that poor sleepers became sick more often. Make sure your child gets the recommended hours of sleep (eight hours or more) each night.
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