By Daddy Nickell
We’re nearing that time of year again—the dreaded cold and flu season. This year you can be prepared to take control and keep illness at bay by following these easy tips. With seven children of my own I know the flu, or even a cold, can wreak havoc on a child’s immune system, and if you have multiple children in your home then you know full well how quickly illness can spread from one child to another. Follow these easy tips to help your family stay happy and healthy:
1. Stay Clean: The single, most important thing you can do is wash your hands as often as possible, with soap and hot water. If you do not have soap and hot water available then keep a tube of hand sanitizer in your Daddy Diaper Pack, glove box, or briefcase. As well, require your children to wash their hands a lot. Furthermore, if you have visitors in your home ask them to wash their hands immediately upon entering – prior to interacting with your children. Germs are easily spread, and they are much more prevalent and dangerous than you may think. If your kids are older teach them to keep their hands away from eyes, mouths, and faces in order to lessen the chance of spreading germs. Additionally it’s very important to keep household surfaces clean by washing them regularly with a disinfectant spray.
2. Strive for Health: All parents strive to keep their children healthy, but during cold and flu season it’s more important than ever to focus on health! Remember to eat well, drink fluids, get plenty of rest and to exercise, too! In our house we rely on the crockpot during the winter months; crockpot meals are easy to prepare, easy to clean up and you can make them very nutritious with plenty of vegetables. So warm your bellies with a hearty meal and head to bed early – and don’t forget to exercise!
3. Quarantine (if you must): Okay, so this may be overkill. You don’t really need to quarantine your healthy child, but what I do suggest is to refrain from sharing food and drink with family and friends and to stay away from other children who are showing signs of illness. Washing toys that are handled often and by multiple children is very important. And make sure to also wash anything your child takes back and forth between school and home. Don’t be afraid to ask a parent with a sniffling or coughing child if they’re ill; you’re just doing your best as a parent to keep your own child healthy.
Do your best to take all of these protective measures and hopefully you are able to keep your child and family sickness-free this cold and flu season. Good luck!
Parenting Expert and father of 7, Robert Nickell (aka Daddy Nickell) offers his “5 cents” worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of Daddy & Co., delivery room duds and daddy gifts and apparel for every stage of fatherhood, and the Daily Daddy Blog. He is also the creator and producer of “My Life as a Dad,” the groundbreaking new web series that showcases celebrity fathers offering their personal experiences and parenting tips.