Ways to Keep Kids from Getting the Flu

This winter has been another rough flu season. While the flu can seem unavoidable at times, there are preventative measures you can take to keep your kids as protected as possible from this type of virus. If you’re ready to keep your kids healthy and happy this flu season in Orlando, try out some of these helpful tips.

 

Eat Well

 

Protein especially can help the immune system. Research shows that diets that are too low in protein can deplete the immune system. So I make sure to get protein-rich foods throughout the day, especially fish, eggs and yogurt

 

Wash Hands

 

As an adult, washing your hands can seem like second nature – mostly because it’s a habit we learn as kids! Hand washing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep the flu virus from spreading. Make sure your child practices hand washing several times a day, especially before they eat. This can help prevent any bacteria from their hands to touch their face/mouth.

 

Good Hygiene Practices

 

While washing hands is important, it’s equally important to practice little ‘tricks’ that can keep germs from getting on your hands in the first place. Teach your child to cover a sneeze in the crook of their elbow, or a tissue, instead of sneezing into their hands. You can even make a fun game out of it, and reward them with small token items for good hygiene practices. Eventually, it will become more natural to them.

 

Keep Your House Clean

 

No judgment here. We are sure your house is clean all of the time. But make extra sure to clean everything that gets touched by lots of people. This includes microwave, refrigerator, doorknobs, countertops, hand rails on stairs, etc. Clean with a good disinfectant at least once a week, even if it looks clean. Rhinoviruses can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours!

 

Flu Vaccine

 

It’s completely up to you whether or not you want your child to get a yearly flu shot. If they’re over the age of six, the vaccine is completely acceptable. Nowadays, there are actually a couple options for the vaccine, including a ‘mist’ that goes into the nose. If your child is afraid of shots, this could be a great option. Flu shots are fairly inexpensive, and work to fight off the virus for the entire season. Contact your Orlando pediatrician for flu questions and guidance.

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