I was compensated for this post by Smiley 360. Regardless these are my own opinions. I am not a doctor. Please seek medical advice from a medical professional before taking any medications.
Luckily, this year we’ve managed to avoid serious illness. (knock on wood) I know nothing is guaranteed to stop us from getting sick but I do try to stay healthy in a few ways. How do we prevent our family from catching colds and the flu?
Washing our hands – It’s probably one of the most important tips you’ve heard your doctor’s tell you. My kids wash their hands for at least a minute with warm water and soap. They go and wash their hands before and after meals and after using the potty.
Disinfect – I go around and clean doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles…just about any place my kids can get and deposit germs.
Vitamins – Taking a vitamin each day can help with your immune system. I currently take prenatals but my OB always recommends taking them even when you’re not pregnant.
Coughing and Sneezing – My kids were taught at an early age to cough and sneeze into their elbow, not their hand, to prevent the spread of germs.
Eating Healthy – We are not a health conscious family. However, I have a motto ‘If I don’t buy it the kids won’t eat it’. I hardly keep fruit snacks or cookies in the house. (the family can eat a bag of Oreos in one sitting) During the winter months we always have apples, bananas, and oranges or veggies that are in season. My kids eat those and yogurt for a lot of snacks.
Get Plenty of Sleep – Yes, I know. That’s easier said than done. My kids usually get a good night’s sleep. They are early to bed and early to rise.
Fortunately we’ve managed to avoid the flu and besides a stuffy nose every now and then we’ve been lucky. Of course, once I post this something major is bound to happen! We may turn to Children’s Mucinex to help relieve their symptoms.
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