Since October, our family has been able to avoid the nasty cold and flu bugs. We’ve survived sniffles here and there and an occasional cough, yet in the back of my mind, I know influenza season will peak come January and I need to make sure my family does the right thing to keep the nasty illnesses away. Colds are always lingering here and at times I get confused between a cold and an allergy but when the influenza virus hits our house, it’s quite obvious it’s influenza.
Many get confused between the cold and the influenza virus because the symptoms are quite similar and are not very easy to differentiate. The flu symptoms entail coughing, season, runny nose, fatigue, nausea, aches, vomiting, diarrhea and fevers. Even though, we usually get the flu vaccine, these symptoms still may arise if we don’t take care of ourselves. I’ve included five easy tips that we are going to follow to try to keep the cold and flu away and hope you and your little ones will benefit from them too.
- Take Vitamins – Research done earlier this year proved Vitamin A is necessary to fight both bacteria and viruses. Vitamin A has an incredible anti-viral ability. We can add more Vitamin A within our diets by eating butternut squash, leafy greens, carrots and sweet potatoes. Vitamin D3 is also known for effectively fighting off bacterial and viral infections. One must be careful with the proper doses of D3 since it’s a water-soluble vitamin that accumulates over time, especially for children. It’s best to check with your doctor and/or pediatrician if you have a concern or questions regarding proper intake and dosage. Typically a daily vitamin is enough for both children and adults combined with healthy eating habits.
- Wash Hands – As Moms, we all know washing hands is crucial. It is the best way to limit our exposure to contagious infections and illnesses.
- Get Ample Rest – Our everyday lives are stressful enough and when we don’t get enough rest, feeling more stressed and tired the next day adds to our vulnerability to catch the cold or flu. Adults should have 7-10 hours of sleep a night and children need 9-14 hours of sleep each night. Of course, this depends on the individual but staying within that range will allow our bodies to rest and rejuvenate for the next busy day.
- Eat Healthy – Proper diet is crucial to fight infections and to keep our body functioning properly. Eating fruits and vegetables and lessening the amount of sugary foods and meals strengthen our immune systems. A strong immune system is necessary to fight infections.
- Keep Hands Out of Mouth and Eyes – Washing our hands is one of the big rules, but it’s hard to avoid catching germs 100%. If by chance we have harmful germs on our hands and fingers, it’s important not to rub eyes or put fingers in our mouths. I know this is hard for the kids but once the germs interact with our eyes and/or saliva, those germs can then be absorbed into our system leaving a not so happy child and/or parents.
Shannon Lazovski is the editor and owner of glamorousmoms.com. She also owns detroitfashionnews.com, is a MichMoms blogger for the Detroit News and is the founder of Detroit Mom Bloggers; connecting mom bloggers in the Metro Detroit area with pr firms, brands and each other for social media campaigns. She is a freelance writer, fashion and mom blogger, service & product reviewer, image consultant and make up artist wrapped up into one little beauty obsessed package eager to share what she knows to help others shine. She loves to collect, jewelry, handbags and heels (typically the higher the better) and cannot get enough when it comes to the subjects of beauty and fashion.