Winter is an incredibly beautiful season.
Often we are greeted by the sight of a curtain of glittery frost on the world outside, and may even wake up to a scene that could rival any Christmas card.
Apart from the inconvenience that the seasonal weather can bring, there’s no denying that it’s very pretty.
Less welcome, however are the germs and nasties that creep into our homes.
With people coughing and spluttering all around us though, it’s important to step up our own personal hygiene to cough
Wash hands religiously
With the number of people catching the flu virus at an all time high, it’s important to keep the spread of germs to a minimum. Wash hands regularly – particularly after a cough or sneeze, with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Also, keep hand sanitiser gel and wipes within easy reach if necessary.
Cough into elbows
This is one that both adults and kids can adopt. Encourage coughing and sneezing into the elbow crease rather than hands. Sneezing into hands can spread germs even more as we use them to do so much.
Make up a silly song
If your child doesn’t like washing their hands for long, or with soap, make it fun. Make up a silly song or find one on the internet that encourages them to do it thoroughly. For example, make up words to the tune of ‘Row your boat’ such as:
Wash, wash, wash your hands, make them nice and clean, scrub the germs and wash them off, dry them in between.
Get rid of the snot
Help to clear little noses using a nasal decongester. This handy little device helps to remove snot quickly, efficiently when they are sniffling and unable to do it themselves. Sterilise after use to make sure it remains hygienic.
Staying active and taking regular exercise can also boost your immune system. Encourage your child to play outside, take them to a park, or head to an activity centre where they can tear around without worrying about the weather.
Watch out for fevers
If your child has caught a cold, keep an eye on their general health. Take their temperature regularly and their body temperature seems hotter than normal, offer the correct dosage of children’s paracetamol and ibuprofen to keep their temperature under control.
Try to focus on fruit and veg
We all know that eating a balanced diet packed full of fruit and veggies can give our immune system a boost. During the winter months, try to sneak even more into your child’s diet. If they reject it, hide them in their favourite meals or sauces.
Get enough rest
Ok, ok, so if you’re a parent, don’t laugh at this suggestion! We know that sleep might be something that you struggle to get enough of, but it really does affect wellbeing. If you think your child is coming down with something, cancel some plans and encourage them to get plenty of downtime. Take the idea on board for yourself too; switch off your phone and and try to get an early night. Even an hour extra can really help with your own energy levels.
We hope that you manage to stay healthy!