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Tis the Season For The Flu......

by kgillyard on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:13pm

Along with all the other madness of this holiday season, it time for the Flu, Strep, and Runny Noses! Yesterday I got the call from the school nurse about my daughter having a red and pussy throat. Yes, it was Strep!  So, other than wrapping our children up in bubble wrap, what can we do to try to prevent illness.

First, these items should be on your shopping list if you do not already have them: Tissues, vitamins, hand santizer, Lysol Spray, Clorox Wipes, chicken soup, Gatoraide, and Jello. Think about your teachers too, they would love for you to donate any items that would help keep the room healty too.

Then, comes the preventative measures. I would practice with your kids keeping their hands out of their mouth, washing their hands with soap frequently, and coughing into their elbows. (Covering your mouth when you cough genrally leads to the speading of germs.)

At home, frequently spray Lysol over plastic toys and other surfaces - espically if they have come in contact with someone who is already sick. Use Lysol/Clorox wipes to clean remotes, door handles, light switch plates, and toliet handles. Replace toothbrushes of those who are sick or pour mouthwash on them to kill germs.

If your child becomes ill, please keep them home until they do not have a fever. Other parents greatly appreicate it. Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest and fluids. Children can become dehydrated easily.  Also, do not be afraid to take your child to the doctor.

 

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Natural prevention and remedy

A couple more great things to try are vitamin C and echinacea to boost the immune system. Echinacea comes in a liquid form for kids that can be taken at the onset of symptoms and then frequently after. Of course, consult with your pediatrician before using it, but it really seems to work for our family.

And for a cold, a friend told me that a mixture of 1 teaspoon honey (preferably local and raw) and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon taken twice a day for 3 days helps knock it out. I haven't tried that one yet, but I'm all for trying natural solutions!