5 Ways To Keep Your Child From Catching A Cold

Date January 4, 2018

As a parent, dealing with cold and flu is a normal part of the experience. Even though there is no surefire way of ensuring that your kids never get sick, there are a few things you can do to reduce their chances of catching a cold.

Hand washing

When it comes to protecting your child from germs, this is a no-brainer. Teach your kids how to wash their hands and wash them well. Experts advise that the child (and adults too) have to wash their hands for 20-30 seconds to completely get rid of germs. A good tactic is to encourage your children to sing the 'Happy Birthday' song twice so they know they have washed long enough. This is even more important during flu season.

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Keep away from infected people

Granted, this is easier said than done. But whenever you can, protect your children from people who have the flu as it is an air-borne disease and close contact with an infected person will increase the child's chances of catching it too.

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Protect your children from secondhand smoke

Being around a person who smokes increased the likelihood of your child getting a cough. Protect your child as much as you can.

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Increase fluid intake

If you notice that your child is coming down with a cold or a cough, ensure you give them a lot of water to drink. This helps to keep the mucus thin, making it easy for your child to cough it up and prevents congestion.

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Get yearly flu shot

The influenza vaccine comes in a shot or a spray that you can breathe in through your nose. Your kid should not miss the vaccine.

If your child does catch a cold, however, it is not a cause for panic. Children are especially prone to the flu. Ensure you offer lots of fluid and a comforting hug.

Source: WebMD

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