How To Protect Your Child From Cold and Flu?

October 01, 2015

Professional daycare centres are extremely popular for their care. If  you live in York Region, you will probably noticed that many parents prefer to send their children to Newmarket daycare centres in because they feel that the day care facilities are safe and perhaps the best place where their kids can spend time while they are at work. But, I would also like to mention that day cares can be the source of health problems for children. As we all know that the immune system of children is not as strong as adults.

A sudden change in the weather is sufficient to cause them sore throat or a runny nose. That could further lead up to severe cold and flu. Have you ever imagined that you ready your child for the day care, drop him/her off the premises and see a couple of kids sneezing and coughing badly? Those kids may sit right next to your child and can easily transmit the virus. So, what you can do to avoid such scenarios? Well, here are a few useful tips that you can make use of:

  • Add healthy food products in your child’s daily meals: Many people face a lot of trouble when it comes to feeding children because there are very few things that children like to eat. Obviously, it doesn’t include veggies and fruits; on the contrary, it includes all kinds of fast food and soda drinks. But, as a parent, you have to include highly nutritious food that will help keep their immune system strong and also give protection against all kinds of viruses that may deteriorate their health. Food items like almonds, walnuts and raisins can be added in their routine meals. It is better to place almonds and walnuts (eatable part) in the water for an entire night and then, give it to the children in the morning. Doing this for a month or two will definitely boost up their immune system.
  • Don’t let your child spend too much time watching TV or playing video games: The biggest mistake that parents make to do the household work is letting their children sit and watch TV or play video games. Parents will have a peaceful environment in which the household work is carried out efficiently, but what about the kids? They are wasting their time and energy watching cartoons or playing video games. Instead, make some arrangements for outdoor sports. There are many interactive games and sports for kids. Indulging in physical activities will not just keep them busy, but will also help improve their immune system.
  • Discuss the matter with day care authorities: It is sad that a small child is sick, but there is nothing that you or your child can do about it. The maximum you can do is, ensure the safety of your child and other children by telling the day care authorities to not to allow the sick child to come to the day care centre. They can simply ask the parents of the sick child to make him/her rest at home until he/she gets fully recovered from the cold and flu. This will keep other children safe.
  • Precaution is better than cure: You can tell your children to wash their hands after every couple of hours, especially before eating anything. Give a lot of liquid things to the children in order to keep them hydrated. Cold and flu affect those who are dehydrated. You can also try cuddles along with a plenty of bed rest, as they are highly beneficial for children actually have no or a very little effect of cold and flu.

As a parent, you don’t want anything to happen to your child, so with the above-mentioned tips, you can ensure that your child has a minimum effect of any virus that propagates during winters. These tips are neither expensive, nor difficult to perform, so you can make use of them. It is the collaborative efforts of the parents and the home day care centres that could ensure strong and healthy children. All the reputed and organized day care centres know their roles and responsibilities when it comes to treating children who suffer from cold and flu, but even then, it is important for you to check each and everything.

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