5 Ways to Prevent Illness

We all know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Here are 5 positive ways you can fight off the cold and flu this season.

1. Wash Hands
Washing hands before meals and when the kids get home, is the number one cold and flu prevention. It cuts down on the possibility of germs making their way to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Teach your kids and make hand washing a part of their routine.

Researchers say antibacterial soap is no more effective than washing with warm water and soap. By using antibacterial products, people are encouraging bacteria to evolve and become more virulent.

2. Eat Healthy
Starting the day with a good meal has been shown to give kids a boost in energy and make it easier for them to learn. The basic healthy eating principals are: Eat whole grains, make fruits and veggies (especially the dark green ones) a big part of your kid’s diet and get enough dairy.

Joshua and Zac are ready to battle the flu and cold season.

When packing lunches, use an icepack or a frozen drink (that will thaw by lunchtime) if there are perishables inside your kids’ lunchboxes. Your child is more likely to eat the lunch you made if he was part of it’s preparation — so you have him pack it with you. If you have a preschooler, just show him what’s inside before he goes out the door.

3. Buy Organic
Research indicates pesticides are harmful to your child’s health and there are certain fruits and veggies that are especially high in pesticides. If you can, buy the “pesticide-free” (0rganic) versions of the “Dirty Dozen,” Click Here.

4. Play Outside
When the weather permits, have the kids play outside, even if it’s for only half an hour. Vitamin D is obtained through sunlight. Click Here for more on vitamin D. Limit TV time.

5. Sleep Enough
Set a bedtime routine. Over the summer, families loosen up the kids’ sleep schedule. The shorter days of autumn is a perfect time to get back into good sleep habits. Studies demonstrating sleep’s effect on mood and development abound. A consistent, early bedtime, even for preschoolers, is linked to better language and math scores. One- and two-year-old children need at least 12.5 hours (including naps), three- to five-year-olds at least 11, and children five to twelve at least 10.


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