No parent wants to see their child go through the flu. While common illnesses 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.
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.
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.
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.