Autumn is such a lovely time of year. The blistering temperatures finally descend into cool and comfortable weather, the kind that makes you want to go out and fly a kite. The trees begin their wonderful transition into a kaleidoscope of color, and school resumes marking the nearing of family holidays. Unfortunately, autumn is also the perfect time for the sneezes and sniffles. You guessed it – the common cold. So we have come with our Purell and our disinfectant spray to bring you 5 ways that you can keep your children, and your entire household, healthfully protected from common illnesses.
- Banish Bacteria!
We all know that schools, hospitals, and public restrooms are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. And we could do everything humanly possibly to keep our families healthy, but unless they are protected in public areas, our defenses fall short. Thus, we stress the idea of keeping hand-sanitizer readily available, especially in travel-sized bottles which fit perfectly in purses and backpacks. And we don’t need to remind you to wash your hands regularly!
- Clean Play Areas and Places of High Usage
Not only does your family carry bacteria from public places, but they also carry allergens and contaminants from outside or even elsewhere in your home. Whether your children have just come in from playing outside, or your husband has returned from working in the garage, they bring germs with them and it is hard (if not impossible) to destroy them at the source. Thus, make sure to keep high-traffic areas such as the kitchen and the bathroom, as well as children’s play areas, free from harmful bacteria and contaminants using antibacterial wipes and disinfection. Worried about harsh chemicals? Here are some suggestions.
- An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
We cannot possibly stress the benefits of a healthy diet enough! Eating healthy is nature’s way of keeping you up-to-date on your natural antibiotics. Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants and minerals that your body uses to keep you protected from illness. Make sure that your family is getting the nutrition they need to stay healthy. If anyone should happen to feel under the weather, stock up on foods packed with vitamin C, such as oranges or broccoli. And always be sure to check with your doctor that your family’s diet is supporting all of the nutrients and minerals they need.
- Water, Water Everywhere…and More than a Drop to Drink
Luckily for us, we are not as unfortunate as Samuel Coleridge’s mariner in that we have water constantly available to us. So make use of it! Water is a essential for good health and flushing out unwanted toxins and impurities from your body that can weaken your body and leave you open for illness. This goes for everyone!
- Sleep on It
Sleep is an essential part of staying healthy and keeping your body protected from viruses. The less sleep you and your little ones get, the more prone you are to get sick as your immune system becomes weakened. Not to mention, you are more likely to suffer from stress which increases your odds of becoming sick more so. So make sure everyone gets there Zzzz’s and you are more sure to have a happy, healthy family.
In addition to these 5 points, it is always a great idea to keep up-to-date with immunizations and making regular visits to the doctor – little ones especially. If you aren’t sure what immunizations your child needs or if any may have been overlooked, we suggest you refer to this helpful article.