Are your kids in danger of flu?
Back to school means back to catching every bug. Here’s how to protect your child.
Winter is cough-and-sniffle season. There’s nothing sadder than a child who is trapped indoors by the flu, or who’s sneezing through the days and nights. Don’t get caught: PharmaChoice spokesperson and pharmacist Liezl van Tonder provides you with your essential to-do list to get your kids through the season without the sniffles:

1. Keep things tidy

Discourage your child from sharing food, utensils, towels and so on with other kids when they’re at school. These are prime places where cold and flu bugs lie and wait.

2. Look for hygiene-conscious child care centres

Toys often carry respiratory secretions, which in cold and flu season are ticking time bombs. Look for centres where the toys are made of plastic, and where they are disinfected daily. If there are stuffed toys, they should be washed weekly.

3. Make your child germ aware

Teach them to wash their hands before and after eating, after using the bathroom, after touching animals, and when they have been in public spaces. Also, teach them that when their hands haven’t been washed, they should avoid touching their own faces.

4. Keep their little bodies in tiptop shape

Wrap them up warmly, and send them off daily with fruit to snack on: fruit is a powerhouse of vitamins and antioxidants. When you suspect other kids might be sneezing, give yours a pre-emptive immune-system booster.

5. Keep them home if you must

If you become aware that a lot of kids at their crèche have colds or flu, and your child is healthy, rather keep them home for a few days if you can. Similarly, if your child does come down with something, keep them home to boost their chances of a quick recovery, and to avoid infecting other children.

Have you been battling colds and flu this winter?

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