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AVOIDING WINTER COUGHS AND COLDS

Winter weather brings additional coughs and colds. Avoiding those who are feeling under the weather isn’t always practical. But, exposure doesn’t always have to equate to illness. Here are a few strategies to keep you and your kids a little healthier during the winter months.

Make sure to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep DOUBLES your risk of sleep according to experts at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Make sure you and your kids get enough sleep, and if there was exposure to someone who was sick, plan on a slightly earlier bedtime.

Wash your hands well. After playing, coming home from school, before any meal, and after using the bathroom, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water.

Stay warm. Getting chilled while exposed to cold and flu viruses can lower your resistance, and can TRIPLE your chances of getting sick.

Serve a balanced diet. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, which are rich in antioxidants and vitamins.

Cough in the corner. Of your bent inner elbow, that is! And, immediately wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Discourage touching eyes and noses. That is a direct line to spreading germs. Enzymes in our mouths provide some defense against germs, but the eyes and nose don’t have that kind of protection.

If one member of your family is sick:

Call your physician. Get the right medication for symptoms. Your physician may recommend steps that could help alleviate any uncomfortableness.

Give them a little space. Some viruses can actually travel 5-6 feet away from a sneeze or cough. If your children share a room, and you have the space, consider giving the sick child their own room for a while.

Ban sharing. Most of us won’t share cups and eating utensils. The most forgotten area is toothbrushes and toothpaste. Toothbrushes stored in the same area will pick up germs. And, toothpaste can even pick up germs at the head of the tube.

Disinfect. Clean toys, doorknobs, remote controls, light switches, faucets, toilet handles, phones and more.

Stay warm, stay safe, and stay healthy! For additional safety tips go to HKQKids.org, find us on Facebook and Instagram.