As the seasons start to change, you will probably notice your little one start to get the sniffles, which is typically just a sign of colds or allergies. However, as it starts to get colder and flu season begins to settle in, this can be a worrying time of the year for parents.
Kids are very vulnerable to the flu virus, and because kids like sharing, it can be quickly spread around kindergartens and schools. There are many things to do during flu season for kids so that they remain healthy and you can have a worry-free holiday season.
Be on the Lookout
It is essential to be aware of the symptoms of the flu, so you can start treatment as soon as possible. As a parent, you need to be super vigilant, as the flu can be a potentially life-threatening virus, especially in younger children.
- High Fever
- Body Aches
- Sore Throat
- Dry Cough
- Low Energy
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
Some of these symptoms can be easily confused with the common cold, so if they start to develop any of these symptoms, monitor them and ensure that they are well-hydrated. If they develop a high fever, then seek immediate medical attention.
Stay up to Date with Your Flu Shots
Immunizations concern most parents, but we recommend following the CDC’s guidelines on this one, as the flu vaccine can really help your child and the community at large. The shot offers increased protection and reduces the severity of symptoms as well as the length of the illness if they are exposed to the virus.
The CDC recommends that kids six months and older get the flu vaccine to help them fight off the virus. For younger kids, the flu can put a severe strain on their immune system, so you should seriously consider getting this shot as soon as possible during flu season.
Encourage Good Personal Hygiene
Hand washing and not putting things in mouths are habits that should be encouraged from an early age. You can turn it all into a game so that it becomes second nature for them in no time.
Teaching them to wash their hands after they blow their noses is a very effective strategy during this time of the year.
You can also help by keeping surfaces, toys, and furniture clean and sanitized. Keep a supply of sanitizing hand wash and wipes on you for when you are out and about. It really is a case of “better safe than sorry.”
Sleep, lots of fluids, a healthy diet, and exercise help to keep your kids’ immune systems healthy throughout the year.
A diet rich in a wide range of nutrients will not only help their growth and development but will also strengthen their immune system. So try introducing a variety of foods into your child’s diet as early as possible so that they start enjoying foods that are good for them.
Keep the Germs at Bay
Kids spread germs and viruses, but you can help minimize the impact of this by keeping your child at home if they show symptoms of the flu. They certainly shouldn’t be going to parties and play dates.
This may seem like an extreme course of action, but the flu virus is easily spread, and your child will need to rest if they get sick. Also, it helps protect other kids in the community from getting the virus.