3 Ways to Protect Your Kids from the Flu

childsleepingDid you know that flu season lasts from October through May? If your kids haven’t gotten sick, it doesn’t necessarily mean you got off easy. This highly contagious virus stays active most of the year, keeping moms and dads ever vigilant.

Young kids are more susceptible to the flu because their immune systems are still developing. In addition, the lessons of proper hygiene need time to sink in. So in addition to getting them their flu shots, remind the kids of these 3 important rules:

  1. Wash their hands often. The influenza virus is transferred through the eyes, nose, and mouth. Kids touch these areas often, then come into close contact with their buddies and family members.
  2. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This is a highly effective product in killing germs, especially when hand washing is not readily available.
  3. Keep healthy habits. Eating their fruits and veggies, as well as drinking plenty of fluids and consistently getting a good night’s sleep helps to keep the immune system in tip-top shape.

If the kids get sick in spite of all their hard work, keep them in bed with a box of tissues and a good book for some much-needed rest and recuperation. Don’t forget to throw the tissues out immediately, as these may carry the live virus, too.

Know why your teeth hurt when you have the flu? Oftentimes, people infected with the flu begin to worry that they have a cavity, too. Usually, this is just sinus pressure. If the pain becomes severe, check in with the doctor to make certain it isn’t a sinus infection.

Check out more healthy living tips from our blog!

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