5 Ways to Prevent the Common Cold During the School Year+ #Giveaway

When kids come home after a day at school they bring all kinds of things with them; class pets, library books, homework, friends… All of these are usually welcome in any home (except for maybe the class pets) with open arms. However, there’s something kids bring home during the school year that’s NEVER welcome, and that’s the common cold.

The common cold usually affects the upper respiratory system; sinuses, throat, chest and is no fun at all for anyone! Knowing the necessary precautions to take that’ll prevent your child from getting sick is key during any time of year. However, seems to be even more so during the school year.

5 Ways to Prevent the Common Cold During the School Year


Proper handwashing has got to be the most important tip I can give you.

First, ensure your child is not just wetting their hands. Soap and water or hand sanitizer are the only ways to get rid of germs. If they’ve been in contact with the public, for example; school, shopping, the park, etc…make sure they wash their hands when they get home. And teach them to always wash their hands; after they go to the restroom and before they eat…no matter what!


Let’s be honest, just because you teach your kids the proper way to wash their hands it doesn’t mean they’re going to. Disinfecting everything ensures that at least the germs aren’t going to spread. Be sure to pay special attention to the toilet and door handles in your home.


Temptation can come in the form of many things – a Slurpee on a hot summer day or a yummy chocolate bar. Whichever your little one’s weakness may be, let them know that sharing food and drinks can cause cold & flu viruses to spread fast, so it’s a big NO-NO!


Kids are constantly doing something physically or mentally draining, and even more so once school is in session; gym, recess, brainstorming in class, etc…just thinking about it all makes even me tired. Depending on the age of your child they should be getting a minimum 8-10 hours of sleep a night. Having a bed time based on when they get up in the morning is essential for making sure they (and you) get the rest that’s needed to stay healthy.


Vitamin C is essential for children and can be found in some fortified foods and many fruits & vegetables, such as; apples, cabbage, dark leafy greens and of course, peppers…just to name a few.

So, what do you do if you have a picky eater that will only eat a few of these foods?

You get them a supplement that they’ll WANT to eat, something that looks and tastes a lot like candy – HALLS KIDS Vitamin C Supplement Pops is the first supplement pop offered nationally. It contains 60 mg of Vitamin C in a citrusy orange flavour that my boys love so much they think they’re eating a sucker. Luckily, Colton is past the recommended age of 4-years-old because I don’t think he’d forgive me if I didn’t let him have any.


As much as we try to prevent the common cold from coming in our homes, sometimes it sneaks in any way. Having some relief on hand for those little stuffy noses and sore throats is what every child (and parent) needs.

HALLS KIDS Cough & Sore Throat Pops is the first kid’s lozenge in the form of a pop. This delicious Strawberry or Cherry fruity flavour with 5 mg of menthol helps relieve nasal congestion, sore throats and annoying coughs for a short period of time.

I’ve been lucky enough this summer to NOT have to try the HALLS KIDS Cough & Sore Throat Pops, yet on my boys (or myself) but you can guarantee that when the school year starts this will change. Thankfully, my cupboard is stocked with 2 packages of 10 pops; one in each flavour, just in case…

What’s your #1 tip to keep the common cold out of your house during the school year?

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  1. Reply

    My number one tip is to have everyone wash their hands multiple times a day! Last year, my grandson and I were sick with colds one after the other for months!

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    My #1 tip to keep the common cold out of my house is soap and water!

  3. Reply

    My number one tip is to practice good hand hygiene

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    My #1 tip is to wash your hands!! Every day at school/preschool drop off I remind my kids to wash their hands several times throughout the day – when they use the bathroom, before they eat, when they come in from the playground or gym or library etc. And as soon as they get home the first thing they have to do is wash their hands.

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    We wash our hands often and take vitamin C to help prevent colds.

  6. Reply

    I wish I had a tip, it seems as soon as school goes back the colds and other virus’s come home, but I’m big on washing hands and using sanitizer

  7. Reply

    For me wiping down commonly touched areas with a cloth sprayed with vinegar seems to help; railings, switches…

  8. Reply

    We wash our hands when coming in the house to keep colds at bay.

  9. Reply

    I always stress the importance to the kids of washing their hands. They each have a small bottle of sanitizer in their backpack. There are other things I do as well such as disinfecting lightswitches and door knobs routinely.

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    My #1 tip to keep the cold out is Vitamin C and washing hands and everyone get your own glass to drink that tiny sip of water from that you so desperately need

  11. Reply

    Hands must be washed when coming into the house from outside.

  12. Reply

    We do try to make sure hands are washed and coughs go in one’s arm, but it is tough.

  13. Reply

    Washing hands well and often helps prevent passing on bugs and germs. Clean door knobs and handles often – and don’t forget your phone either that is a huge germ carrier.

  14. Reply

    #1 tip: wash your hands & try not to touch your face too much. Rubbing my eye during cold season is a sure way of me getting one every time.

  15. Reply

    We eat healthy and use hand sanitizer to try and keep the cold away.

  16. Reply

    We practice good hand hygiene!

  17. Reply

    My #1 tip is to make sure everyone takes the time to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. I am always saying wash your hands!

  18. Reply

    washing hands as often as possible! That’s pretty much it for us, and seems to keep the cold away!

  19. Reply

    We wash our hands and make sure they cough into their elbow.

  20. Reply

    My #1 tip is handwashing! I always make the kids wash their hands when they get home from school first thing.

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    Wash your hands regularly and your door handles.

  22. Reply

    WASH those hands after using the bathroom please .

  23. Reply

    My best tip is to make sure they wash their hands regularly and before they eat is a major one!

  24. Reply

    Wash your hands & learn to sleeve sneeze!

  25. Reply

    Covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and washing hands often.

  26. Reply

    I ask my kids to wash their hands constantly, don’t share drinks or food and always cover their mouth and noses when sneezing/coughing.

  27. Reply

    I’d have loved to have made a comment on a non-giveaway post but they all seem to be closed. Even the coffee one from Aug. 1st.

  28. Reply

    Since I am a nurse, I have always told the kids to wash their hands to the song of Happy Birthday. Once the song is finished it means that they washed their hands long enough. I also make sure they do it with running water to flush the germs away

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      Great tip!

  29. Reply

    My #1 tip to keep the common cold out of my house is good handwashing habits! We wash our hands when we come in from school or elsewhere. We always wash before we eat too.

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    My #1 tip is be proactive! Every morning I drink a tablespoon of lemon juice, honey and apple cider vinegar. I dissolve it in a quarter cup of warm water. I haven’t had a cold in 20 years!

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      Apple cider vinegar is also good for so many other things, isn’t it?!

  31. Reply

    teach my kids how to cover their noses and mouth if the cough or sneeze

  32. Reply

    Keep surfaces clean and have kids sing twinkle twinkle little star when washing their hands!

  33. Reply

    My #1 tip to keep the common cold out of my house is taking vitamins

  34. Reply

    My tip is to always wash your hands and well it’s hard to keep the bugs out

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    Proper hand washing is key!

  36. Reply

    Wash your hands and get lots of rest!

  37. Reply

    As soon as my boys and I get home, we wash our hands. I kept hand sanitizer in my purse too.

  38. Reply

    Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer is my number one tip

  39. Reply

    We always cough or sneeze in our arm and wash hands a lot.

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    We wash our hands and use hand sanitizer.

  41. Reply

    Washing hands, eating fresh produce even in the winter, and dressing for the weather.

  42. Reply

    We use hand sanitizers, drinks lots of juice, echinacea & wash our hands frequently.

  43. Reply

    The best way to keep the cold from our home is to continually wash our hands, doorknobs and fawcets, handles and those things that you come into contact with.

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    I make sure we take vitamins, wash hands often and eat healthy

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    Besides frequent hand washing I like to disinfect all the door handles, light switches and other surfaces that are always being touched. If anyone has a cold or flu I also take away all the hand towels and put paper towels in their place to help prevent the spread of what they have.

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    Wash you hands often and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

  47. Reply

    My number one tip is to practice good hand washing and take vitamins.

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    Daily vitamins and good hygiene.

  49. Reply

    I keep enforcing hand washing in my house.

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    Tip number N1 from our family is to wash hands and eat lots of fruits and veggies.

  51. Reply

    My #1 tip is frequent hand washing.

  52. Reply

    I am always making sure the kids wash their hands. I am so big on that.

  53. Reply

    We use the old trick of generations past and have cut onion halves placed all through the house to clear and clean the toxins from the air . Replace every 3 months or before dependant on how much has been taken from the air.

  54. Reply

    My number one tip is to always wash your hands! Kill those germs!

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    Washing our hands frequently, especially when we first walk in the door.

  56. Reply

    We wash our hands all the time

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    My number one tip is lots of handwashing.

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    Always wash hands

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    We are sticklers about washing our hands often.

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    My biggest tip is to wash hands and also to cough or sneeze into the elbow to even further reduce germs on hands.

  61. Reply

    Washing our hands is the best tip. And I spray Lysol on the door handles. Kids are germ buckets 😂😂

  62. Reply

    our #1 tip is hand washing and when no water/soap present we use Sanitizer.

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