Help kids stay healthy during cold and flu season


Help kids stay healthy during cold and flu season

Mid October, temperatures in fifties, cloudy and windy weather… Fall season is in full effect. It brings to mind cold and flu symptoms: fever, cough, nasal congestion… And some allergies.

Are you concerned about this cold and flu season

Do you wonder if your baby is going to get sick this year? Be aware that some kids never get sick! They simply take the following preventive measures:

  • hand washing – to keep hygiene, kill the germs and avoid any infection it is strongly recommended for the kids to understand the importance of hand washing and to follow hand washing steps: rinse, soap and sing “Happy Birthday” twice before rinsing. Also, teach your kids not to touch their face or share any cups or straws, since the germs enter through the eyes, mouth and nose.
  • healthy sleep – babies need to sleep about 14 hours a day, preschoolers from 11 to 13. Sleep deprivation may even double the risk of getting sick.
  • healthy diet – preparing healthy meals for the kids with plenty of vitamins from fruit and vegetables and full of probiotics helps strengthen their immune system and keep them away from being sick. Eating healthy foods help them keep healthy weight as well.
  • healthy lifestyle – being active every day may decrease the risk of cold or flu by even 50% by boosting the immune system.
  • no spread of germs- teach your kids to cover their mouth when they sneeze and cough. Also avoid close contact with sick people and let them stay home if they are sick to avoid any spread of germs.
  • breastfeeding – the breastfed babies have more chances not to get the flu or cold in early childhood and later. The antibodies present in the breast milk are the best protection for the kids to avoid cold or flu.
  • minimize medication – in the case of baby allergies or in any case that a medication is needed, the parents shouldn’t overmedicate the baby, ever. It will let the baby’s immune system to fight viruses.
  • overall family health – setting a good example of healthy lifestyle is the best way to help the kids be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. If you follow these suggestions, you will stay in good health and wellness, as well as your baby!

Flu shot controversy

The Center for Decease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated. But… What about the side effects of the shot? Mild side effects include:

  • soreness, pain or swelling
  • fever, fussiness or muscle aches

Some more severe side effects may occur in the case of baby allergies to egg. This vaccine includes eggs and may cause an allergic reaction from hives to even anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction).

What about the H1N1 shot?

Are you afraid of the H1N1, called swine flu? Now the annual flu vaccine includes H1N1. But statistics show that 66% of parents are concerned about the safety of the H1N1 flu vaccine. Mainly because of the expanded side effects:

  • nausea
  • headache
  • fainting
  • and the above mentioned mild side effects.

Even though the studies show that the H1N1 vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine, would you give it to your baby?


  

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