Ah, cold and flu season has arrived - the time when runny noses and coughs seem to be lurking around every corner. As parents, we want to do everything we can to keep our little ones healthy and help them recover quickly when they do become unwell. That's why we're here with some expert tips and tricks to protect your child from getting sick and promote a speedy healing process.
Shielding Your Little One from the Sniffles
Avoid Touching Faces:
Teaching your child not to touch their face is a powerful defense against germs. Encourage them to keep those hands away from their nose, mouth and eyes to minimise the risk of infection.
Cough into Elbows:
Teach your little one the superhero move of coughing into their elbow, rather than their hands, to prevent the spread of germs.
Regular handwashing is a simple yet effective practice. Encourage your child to scrub their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before meals and after using the restroom.
Fresh air does wonders for the immune system. Spend time outdoors with your little one, allowing them to soak up vitamin D and enjoy the benefits of nature.
Ventilate the House:
Proper ventilation helps to circulate fresh air and reduce the concentration of airborne germs. Open windows and use fans to improve air circulation throughout your home.
Disinfect Your Home:
Regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches and toys to minimise the spread of germs.
Nutrition and Supplements:
A well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides essential nutrients to strengthen the immune system. Consult with your child's healthcare provider about appropriate supplements, such as vitamin D or probiotics.
Adequate sleep is crucial for maintaining a strong immune system. Ensure your child gets the recommended amount of sleep for their age group to support their overall health.
Regular physical activity helps boost the immune system. Engage your child in age-appropriate exercises and activities that they enjoy.
My Little One Has Caught the Sniffles... Now What?
Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, such as water, herbal tea and diluted fruit juices, to stay hydrated and support their recovery. Coconut water is also a great choice with plenty of electrolytes!
Rest is essential for your little one's body to heal. Allow them to take it easy and provide a comfortable environment for relaxation.
Vitamin C is known for its immune-boosting properties. Offer your child foods rich in vitamin C, like oranges, kiwi, strawberries and broccoli, to help them recover.
Honey and Tea:
Soothe your child's throat with warm herbal teas and a teaspoon of honey, which can provide relief from coughing.
Good old chicken soup has been a go-to remedy for generations. It’s warm and comforting properties can help alleviate congestion and nourish your child's body.
Certain essential oils, such as eucalyptus or lavender, can help ease congestion and promote relaxation. Use a diffuser or add a few drops to a warm bath to create a soothing atmosphere.
A Steamy Shower:
A steamy shower can work wonders for clearing nasal passages and reducing congestion. Encourage your child to enjoy a warm shower to ease their discomfort.
BodyICE Kids Ice and Heat Packs:
Our friendly character gel bead packs are here to save the day! Apply a cold pack to soothe any aches, or use a warm pack to provide gentle heat for relaxation and comfort.
Gargling Warm Salt Water:
For older children who can gargle, a mixture of warm salt water can help relieve a sore throat and reduce inflammation.
Cold and sniffles season doesn't have to be a nightmare for your little ones or for you. By following these practical tips and incorporating the healing power of BodyICE Kids ice and heat packs, you can protect your child from falling ill and support their healing journey. Remember, prevention is key, but if the sniffles do strike, we're here to help you navigate through it all. Stay strong, stay healthy and let's conquer this season together!
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