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As autumn is upon us, it means that winter is just around the corner too. There can often be a lot of bugs going around at this time of year, and the last thing you want is for your child to get ill. To make sure your child does not get sick this autumn, read on to discover some of the tips and tricks you can follow…
Keep your children active
When children are active, they have stronger muscles and bones, and this means that they are less likely to develop type 3 diabetes, have lower blood pressure and be overweight. There are also a number of different studies that have been carried out that show children who exercise regularly get sick less often. Of course, this does not mean you should simply take your child out for a run. They won’t enjoy this! You need to make exercise fun.
Take your child for their flu jab
Another effective measure you can follow to make sure that your child does not get ill during the months ahead is to take them for their flu jab. Local pharmacies can help with flu vaccines, so it is a good idea to head to your local medical centre or pharmacy to organise this. You won’t have to pay any money, as the flu jab is available for free on the NHS, so it is really worth getting this sorted.
Stock your child’s backpack with hand sanitizer
You can easily get those mini hand sanitizers in a wide range of shops today, and they are ideal for putting in your child’s backpack. After all, you only need to think about all of the things that your child touches while they are in school, from toys and books. There are so many germs! While hand sanitizer cannot replace a good scrub using water and soap, it is certainly much better than not washing at all. When choosing a hand sanitizer, it is always wise to choose one that is alcohol-based, with at least 60 per cent of alcohol.
Wash sheets and bedding regularly
In addition to the points that have been mentioned above, another way you can avoid your child getting sick this autumn is to wash their bedding and sheets on a regular basis. Yes, this can be tedious, but it is vital to do this once per week so that your child is germ-free and healthy.
Make sure your child gets enough sleep
For some parents, this can be much harder to achieve than others. However, there are so many benefits associated with sleep, and so it is vital that your child gets enough hours of shut-eye every evening. But, how much is the right amount? Well, anything less than seven to eight hours is not enough. If your child is aged between 14 and 17-years-old, aim for between eight and ten hours. If your child is aged between six and 13-years-old, between nine and 11 hours are recommended. If your child is aged between three and five-years-old, you should make sure that he or she gets between ten and 13 hours sleep.
Teach your child that caring is not always sharing
Yes, we are told to share our toys. Yes, we do not want our children to turn into selfish monsters! However, if you want your child to avoid getting ill, you should make sure that they do not share their food or water bottles. Sharing any drink can cause a problem because, even with the tiniest of sips, saliva gets into the drink, and this is how germs are spread. After all, bacterias and viruses live in the saliva, making it one of the most common ways that people get acute viral infections.
Cut back on dairy
Last but not least, cutting back on dairy is a good idea too, especially if you notice your child has a deep, congested cough or a running nose. Dairy products, for example, cheese and milk, make the mucus thicker, which can make the post-nasal drip and cough a lot worse. Once your child is feeling better, you can reintroduce dairy into their diet.
As you can see, there are a number of different steps you can follow to reduce the chances of your child getting sick this season. There is nothing worse than an unwell child, and hopefully, if you follow the suggestions that have been presented, you can drastically lower the chance of this happening.