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School is back in session and the weather is starting to shift from sunny and hot, to cool and breezy. While this is a welcomed change for many in the blistering heat of Humble, TX, it is also the time of the year that brings runny noses, and sore throats. That’s right, it’s already cold and flu season again!

 

Parents may be wondering what steps they can take to help ensure their child does not come down with a cold or the flu. While there is no 100% way to avoid your child getting sick, there are cautionary steps you can take to lessen the chances.

 

Here are a few quick steps parents can take to help keep their child healthy this season:

 

Hygiene

While even the cleanest of children can get sick, frequently washing their hands will help to reduce contamination. Children often touch the inside of their mouths, noses, and faces- all of which are the places germs thrive. Teach your child to avoid these areas with their hands and to use soap and water after using the bathroom, whenever they finish playing with other children, and before they eat. Depending on the age of the child, you can also supply them with a mini bottle of sanitizer to keep on them while at school.

 

Playtime

It has been found that children who are active have less severe symptoms if they do become ill, but will also experience a strong boost to their immune system when they engage in playtime. Put down the devices and have them run around!


Well Rested

In order for your child’s immune system to stay strong they will need to get plenty of rest. Children require more sleep than adults, anywhere between 9 and 14 hours, depending on the age of the child.

 

Avoid Sharing

While teaching children to share is a vital part of growing up, not everything is meant to be shared. Make sure your child knows the importance of not drinking or eating after anyone else. Additionally, since schools and daycares are breeding grounds for germs, teach your child not to bring anything home with them that is not theirs.

Most children will get sick at least one time during a school year. These tips are here to limit the amount of times and to prevent illness from spreading any more than it needs to. If your child is sick with a cold, fever, or the flu, schedule an appointment at Wellspire Medical Group.

 

Wellspire Medical Group 

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