Sore throat, fever, runny nose… make that, VERY runny nose.
The typical symptoms of a sick child. No mama likes to see their kiddos sick, and the feeling that the flu and other illnesses bring is like a slap in the face… arms, back, legs, and rear. Those muscle aches are ALL over.
Of course, sometimes colds and coughs just happen. They’re unfortunately a part of childhood (unless that childhood is spent in a bubble). But! By following these simple tips, you’ll definitely minimize your child’s risk of catching those nasty little germs! [This post may contain affiliate links]
1. ALWAYS wash hands
This is one of the ten commandments of illness prevention: Thou Shall Always Wash Thine Hands.
After your kiddos touch anything that might be contaminated with germs (toys, shopping cart, etc.), make sure to get ’em to a bathroom to wash their hands. Kids like to put their hands in their mouths, A LOT… not to mention their eyes and noses, too (other common ways to get bacteria into the body). Ensuring that their hands are germ free will keep those illnesses away!
2. Use hand wipes
Sometimes there are no bathrooms around to wash my kids’ hands, and sometimes there are, but I just don’t feel like doing it. Regardless of the given situation, that’s where my handy dandy wipes comes in. Because I already know hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of infection, I like to buy natural wipes for my kiddos.
I found these little gems on Amazon called Handzies. They’re hand and soap wipes made with castile soap and essential oils. They also come packaged individually, so all I’ve gotta do is throw a few in my purse and I’m good to go!
3. Get a flu shot
This tip from WebMD definitely helps prevent certain strains of the flu, so your kiddo will be covered.
You might be a little wary to get your child vaccinated due to all of the claims out there on the internet, so this is a personal choice. No judgement. Do your thing, mama!
4. Use disinfectant spray on EVERYTHING
Doorknobs, toilets, sinks, daddy… 😏
If you need to use sanitizing spray on things your child might put in his or her mouth, you can easily make your own natural disinfectant.
WikiHow suggests putting one part water, one part white vinegar, and a few drops of essential oil into a spray bottle. Mix and spray. Natural and easy!
5. Eat protein
According to Health, eating a diet rich in protein helps build the immune system.
With this knowledge, make sure your kiddos are getting adequate protein at each meal. Some great, plant-based protein sources include hemp seeds (put ’em in smoothies), quinoa, and black beans.
6. Don’t bite finger nails
Prevention states that underneath the finernails are a lot of germs and dirt … ew. Chewing on them will surely allow bacteria to enter the body. Ahhh!
Try to keep little fingers outta your kid’s mouth as much as possible. Trimming the nails down may help inhibit biting.
My nail biting habit started when I was a wee lass, which could explain the many colds I had throughout my childhood. I still occasionally bite my nails when I’m stressed; such a tough habit to break. If your child is an avid nail biter, too… good luck with this one.
7. Stay active
Not only will physical activity boost your child’s immune system, it will also harbor a love of excerise from a young age. Win-win!
8. Get plenty of sleep
Sleep also gets rid of the WORST kind of ailment… the crankies!
9. Use elderberry syrup
Random Mama makes her own homemade elderberry syrup. This little concoction aids in preventing illnesses like H1N1 and influenza! Check out her website for the recipe and video tutorial.
And there they are: 9 easy ways to keep germs away from your fam! What do you do to keep your family from getting sick each year? Let me know in the comments below.
Be sure to share this post on Facebook like a nasty virus, to prevent nasty viruses… Ok, I’m done.
Until next time…