One of the harsh realities of having our childcare centres in Perth is cold and flu season. Children have a tendency to get sick a lot as they are developing their young immune systems. While it may or may not help them later in life, it certainly doesn’t make them feel any better now. Here are some ways to reduce the odds of your child contracting a cold or flu.
The flu shot is seen by the medical community as the most effective deterrent for flu in children. Some statistics indicate that a flu shot is 90% effective if your child is reasonably healthy. As soon as your doctor says your child is old enough, start them on seasonal flu shots.
Hand washing is the second most effective deterrent to flu and the most effective for colds. Teach your child to wash their hands thoroughly, after eating, going to the bathroom, blowing their nose or whenever their hands get dirty.
Stay Away from Sick People
The rule of thumb is to keep them away from public places like malls and even public transport, but this is unrealistic for most. You don’t want your child to miss out on life just because they may run into a sick person. Instead, teach your child to be conscious of when others are sick and avoid them.
Don’t Pass Germs Along
If you have a child who is sick, make sure to wash your hands whenever having contact with them so as not to infect anyone else. Use a disinfectant on all places that receive heavy “touch traffic,” such as door knobs, cupboard handles, etc.
Most of all, don’t send your child to school to infect others.
Use a Humidifier
While low humidity provides comfort, it also provides a friendly environment for viruses. Try to keep your home from 40-60% relative humidity.
To learn more, contact Cuddles Childcare Centres.