Keep your little ones healthy this cold and flu season.
Here are a few tips our pediatric trained providers tell parents to prevent illness during the cold and flu season:
- Start off with a healthy meal. Providing your child with a healthy meal not only gives them enough energy to focus it keeps their immune system in shape. Finding quick healthy snacks/meals on the go can be hard, check out this article from the help guide for kid-friendly junk food alternatives.
- Get a good nights rest. Getting your child in bed early ensures a stress free morning for both the parent and the child. Sleep is essential for good health. According to Parents Happy, Healthy Kids, sleep has a major effect on your child’s immune system. A sufficient amount of sleep helps fight off sickness.
- Good hand washing and use of sanitizer. One of the most important ways to stop the spread of germs is hand washing. To eliminate germs, make sure your child washes their hands when returning from school. Washing hands before and after eating can help reduce the risk of getting colds, flu, and other infections
- Healthy habits. Cover your cough! Respiratory illnesses such as the flu or common cold are spread airborne. Teaching your child habits like sneezing and coughing in their elbow helps prevent others from getting sick.
- Avoid touching face while at school. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), research shows that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement.
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If your little one is experiencing cold and flu like symptoms visit our website to find an immediate care Children’s Urgent Care clinic near you. Our pediatric trained staff offers immediate care seven days a week, no appointments necessary. We now offer new extended operating hours 2pm – 9pm Monday – Friday.