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Coughs, Colds and Kids

How to help your child beat the flu bug this season.

Starting next week, my 2-year-old will be heading off into the germ-filled world of daycare. 

As a parent, all that keeps spinning are my thoughts and worries of him becoming a “carrier monkey” of the germ. Yuck!

To help manage my “carrier monkey” concerns I have begun doing a bit of research to better understand exactly what can be done to not only keep my little one healthy, but my entire family happy and healthy through the holiday season. Here are some of the most recommended tips I found by asking family and friends:

  • Encourage exercise; doing so helps boost immunity.
  • Provide healthy snacks instead of holiday treats. Good food can provide kids extra energy and a nutritive punch.
  • Wash hands, especially the fingertips which come in contact with germs the most.
  • Include vitamins and minerals, which ensure that children’s daily diet is well balanced boosting health benefits.
  • Provide tissue. It helps kids understand ways to cough or sneeze in ways to reduce the spread of germs. 
  • Avoid kisses … as well as sharing food, drinks, utensils, washcloths, toys, etc.
  • Get good rest. Sleep can often be a hidden helper when fighting off colds.
  • Consider the flu shot.

I am hoping that all you parents out there can help grow this list of helpful cold busters. What are your hints when it comes to helping your kids fight the wintertime coughs and colds?

Larry Arzie October 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM
starve a cold, down a fever, stay in bed and don't spread the virus. Of course a shot of 100 proof Wild Turkey to put you to sleep helps.
Sheila Sanchez October 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM
My favorites ... make lots of chicken soup in the winter ... put lots of garlic in the broth and remove the boiled cloves so they don't gross out the kids. The garlic adds a great flavor to the soup and releases its medicinal properties. Another thing I do is give my kids vitamins and extra vitamin C, either through oranges or vitamin C chewables. I also know how to make a real antique onion cough syrup. Let me know if you want me to share that recipe here! My great aunt made us drink that stuff when we were young and it worked magic!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz October 11, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I already had my first Flu last weekend! I do take ZINC. And double up when I'm just coming out of a Flu!
Tamara Archer October 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I agree with everything here except two points: Conventional thought about flu shots has more to do with the drug company’s excellent marketing campaigns than any benefit for us. The additional load that flu shots and many immunization actually can cause more harm and help compromise our immune systems. The best way to stay healthy is having a strong immune system which is going to be best achieved by eating nutrient rich foods. So shopping at farmers’ markets, using CSA (consumer supported agriculture) and eating organic is the best way. Also, I’m a firm believer of washing hands when needed like using the restroom, sneezing, or obvious grime. But we actually need the daily micro exposures to germs to allow our immune system to do its job. It’s what keeps us strong and healthy. Hand sanitizers, wipes, frequent washings, and the over sterilization of our homes, believe it or not, doesn’t promote a robust immune system, it actually makes us weaker and more susceptible to colds, flus, and other illnesses. Check out my website for CSA resources, more blogs, or to get a nutrient rich delicious juice blend. http://momshealthzone.com/store/mx/ Our family of 4 hasn’t been sick in over 6 years!
Dyan Chan October 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I'm sort of in the wash your hands (after doing germy stuff and before eating), drink lots of water, don't share cups/utensils/food, eat healthfully, get lots of rest, and cover your mouth camp! I do take vitamins A, B, C and zinc when I feel a cold coming on, and that seems to help too!

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