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.
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO WASH THEIR HANDS
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.
NO SHARING FOOD OR DRINKS
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!
MAKE SURE THEY GET PLENTY OF REST
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.
MAKE SURE THEY GET THEIR DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN C
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.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS…
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?
HALLS KIDS wants to give ONE lucky CANADIAN readers to WIN 4 packs of HALLS KIDS – flavours may vary (ARV $27.96) – giveaway ends 9/15.