Since school is back into the swing, it is natural to be worried about the current ongoing pandemic. Here are some care tips to help your little ones to build resilience against viruses or the common cold.
Back to School 5 Hygiene Care Tips: For Your Little Ones
1. Wash Hands
It is important to teach your child to wash their hands with soap and water. You do not necessarily have to rely on anti-bacterial soap. Normal soap and water can eliminate any germs as efficiently. Anti-bacterial soap is known to kill even good bacteria. This will not help your child to build stronger immunity against viruses.
2. Avoid Face-Touching
Teach your child to avoid touching their face using their hands as this will introduce bacteria into their body. If they need to sneeze, introduce them to the Dracula method – sneeze into the crook of their arms. Alternatively, ask them to use a tissue to cover their mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
3. Keep Up with a Healthy Diet
Having a healthy diet is the basis for building a stronger immune system. Make sure your child has consumed their daily intake for fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid giving them too much-processed food.
(Here are some possible tips, tricks and recipes to get your child started with their greens.)
4. “Sleep Tight Little One”
Kids who do not have enough sleep have a lower immunity system to fight against the common flu and other viruses. Sleep is important as it is a time where the body can recharge and repair itself.
Create a regular bedtime routine for your child. E.g. By 9 pm lights are supposed to be out, and everyone should be tucked into bed.
5. Keep up with yearly vaccination
Make sure that you and your family make an appointment with your personal paediatrician or doctor to receive the yearly flu shot. This will help protect you and your family from being susceptible to the common flu.
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