Health Update: Beat the Winter Bugs

Health Update: Beat the Winter Bugs

We are finding many children having days off at the moment – it is definitely the time of the year when coughs and colds are going around.

Here are some helpful tips on staying healthy in these Winter months.

Wash Up

Preempt viruses and bacteria by frequently washing your hands—and teach your children to do the same. Simply do this: “Work up a lather and wash for at least 30 seconds before eating and after you go to the bathroom. Wash under your fingernails too. That’s where germs lurk.

Change Your Toothbrush

Use a new toothbrush after you’ve had a cold, the flu, a mouth infection, or sore throat.

Don’t Forget Your Feet

Winter’s heavy shoes, boots, and socks can take their toll on tootsies, large and small. The best defence: Moisturise your feet daily to keep fungi from entering cracked winter skin, and wear socks with synthetic fibres to wick away moisture faster.

Wet Your Whistle

You may not feel as thirsty in cold weather. But that can up your risk for dehydration. Allowing your body to become dehydrated can leave you more vulnerable to getting sick. Water helps the body carry nutrients to cells and get rid of toxins.

Keep Moving

To keep your children upbeat, help them get off the couch and outside whenever there is a sunny day. About 10 to 15 minutes of play in the sun is a good mood-lifter (and source of vitamin D).

Sleep Well

When we are sleeping, our bodies repair themselves, so make sure you and your children are getting enough sleep each night. If you are having to wake your child in the morning, try putting them to bed earlier at night.