Avoiding colds and flu

Ten top tips for preventing colds and flu.

Sad as it may be there are no cures for colds or for the flu. Both are caused by a virus and because of that are not susceptible to antibiotics so prevention is the name of the game.

If your child is over 6 months and under 10 and has other medical conditions like heart disease or you wish them to be vaccinated against flu talk with your doctor about the right vaccination for them.

  1. Wash your hands because cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact with the bugs. They can live outside the body for many hours and a wash with soapy water for 15 seconds and proper drying does the trick.
  2. Never cough or sneeze into your hands. That’s looking for trouble. Catch it in a tissue bin it and kill it with a wash or a antibacterial wipe.
  3. Keep away from family and friends with a cold. A visit to ‘the sickies’ is asking for trouble!
  4. Hands away from your face. The bugs enter your system through the eyes, nose and throat. Put a road block to that access.
  5. Chicken noodle soup is a good idea. Apart from the importance of keeping well hydrated and making sure your metabolism is well flushed there may be some immunological strength in the soup.
  6. Eat a healthy diet, especially red, green and yellow coloured veggies which are full of powerful antioxidants to battle the bugs. Make sure your kids enjoy three serves of dairy a day. Apart for the healthy nutrition  the beneficial bacteria in yoghurt may help prevent colds.(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000678.htm)
  7. Get enough sleep. 3 to 7 year olds need up to 10 hours a night. Sleep reduction upsets immunity and increases the risk of becoming infected.
  8. Don’t expose your children to tobacco smoke. It frazzles the immune system  as well as drying out their airways and increasing the risk of infection.
  9. Stop watching TV and swap it for exercise in the garden. Any exercise that makes the heart beat faster and the lungs work more efficiently by effectively pumping the powerful infection defeating white cells around the body.
  10.  Remember that warning? If symptoms come on, persist or get worse, see your pharmacist or doctor

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