LilSugarSource: Tips and Products to Stay Healthy During the Cold and Flu Season
With new products ready to keep pesky bacteria at bay this cold and flu season, along with tried-and-tested tips, there's still no sure way of stopping the germs - especially if you've got kids. Parents seem evenly split between opting for the vaccine and fighting the flu with their own methods. Being prepared is the first step to staying healthy this cold and flu season. Click through for simple tips and a few products, that might make your life less sniffly this Fall. What's your family's secret sick-busting weapon? Leave a comment below and share!
- Wash Your Hands: Wash your child's hands often - along with your own. And using a gentle antibacterial soap, such as Pampers Kandoo Brightfoam Anti-Bacterial Soap ($7), keeps kids' hands clean without drying them out. It's suggested that kids wash their hands for 20 seconds to slather away all those germs, so teach your tots to sing the ABCs or another favorite song while washing.
- Load Up on Vitamin C: Keep your tot's immune system in peak shape by loading up on cold-fighting vitamin C. Oranges and red peppers have the highest natural concentrations along with strawberries, tomatoes, and papaya. If your child isn't big on eating his fruits and veggies, supplement with safe L'il Critters Immune C ($6). Along with being loaded with vitamin C, the supplements also include zinc and echinacea and are safe for kids.
- Method Antibac Wipes: Made with a botanical formula that includes essential oils, these wipes ($7) kill 99.9 percent of household germs including influenza A flu virus. And they are budget-friendly, meaning you can have a container handy in every room of your house to wipe hard surfaces this cold and flu season.
- On-the-Go Cleaning: Even an enjoyable family dinner at your favorite restaurant can lead to your toddler catching the flu. Keep a few handy cleaners in your purse for wiping down restaurant high chairs and to quickly swipe bathroom door handles. Dapple Toy Cleaner Wipes ($2) fit easily in your bag and whisk away germs from hard surfaces. Or spray away germs with pocket-size CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizer ($7) that is biodegradable, cruelty free, and sans alcohol.
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- Pack a Reusable Water Bottle: Offer your tot a reusable water bottle to carry during the cold and flu season. Along with keeping your child hydrated, she won't be tempted to drink from public water fountains. There are tons of fun water bottle options for kids, including this Beatrix New York Lucas the Whale and Nigel the Shark Water Bottle ($16) that has a closing cap. Wash with hot, soapy water at the end of the day so it's fresh to head out in the morning.
- Load Up on Tissues: When kids sneeze or have a runny nose, the first place they often turn is the end of their sleeve, which keeps those pesky germs close at hand. Along with teaching kids to sneeze and cough into their elbows, tuck a mini pack of tissues ($13 for 15) in a pocket and encourage your child to wipe her own nose and then toss the tissue. This whisks away the germs and keeps them from being spread onto others.
- Eat Some Yogurt: Offer your child lots of plain yogurt, which is full of healthy probiotics. Along with offering your tot a big dose of calcium and protein, probiotics help your child's digestive tract, keeping it working at its best, which moves germs through the body quickly.
- Teach Good Hygiene: From taking hot soapy showers to brushing teeth regularly, teaching good hygiene encourages kids to stay clean, which keeps cold and flu germs away. And you're helping your children learn how to take care of themselves and be healthy little beings.
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