Keeping The Flu at Bay When Starting Your Child in a New Kindergarten

07/12/2016

It’s that time of the year again, and with it comes sniffles, coughing, phlegm and more, and your children are no exception!  This is where setting your family up for success by practicing some flu prevention can support your kiddos in being happier and healthier.  After all, the best way to treat illness is to prevent it altogether.

In my household, our family practices healthful habits year around – despite being working parents, we eat healthy foods, exercise, drink water regularly and get plenty of rest every night.  But this doesn’t stop us from occasionally falling sick.  We spend a lot of our time in public places like school. daycare, the workplace or out and about in PJ running errands.  Things like handrails, money, door knobs and the like all can carry tons of germs on them, leaving our immune systems to take the brunt of it.  And while our immune systems can handle a lot, it is our job to support our immune system the best way we can.  But first, why is there a cold and flu season to begin with and what brings it on?

Why Does The Cold And Flu Season Strike This Time of Year?

Why is there a flu season at all? How come it affects people more in the last few months of the year?  Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with the amount of rain and heat we face, but more to do with bacteria being able to reproduce during this time.  Regardless, here are some tips to keep you and your children healthy:

Tips to Support Your Immune System for the Flu and Cold Season

  1. Get a flu shot.

In all honesty, I am not a fan of flu shots or shots in general, but I do know several teachers in Little Human Scholars preschool and playschool in PJ who get them and swear by it – one in particular being Teacher Pat.  Teachers who are in schools are surrounding by germs constantly, and are subject to said germs day in and day out.  Those who get the flu shots, however, seem to elude sickness!

  1.  Wash your hands..A LOT!

While our family washes their hands before every meal and after using the restroom, we up the anty during flu and cold season.  While some families are fans of hand sanitizer, we prefer the good old-fashioned method of washing our hands with antibacterial soap.

If your child is in school or is getting ready to start school in January, you may want to get them in the habit of washing their hands now.  Though Little Human Scholars kindergarten and preschool in PJ sanitizes all of their centres inside and out daily, this doesn’t mean your child won’t be exposed to germs.  Getting them in the habit of washing their little hands will help keep them happy and healthy.

  1.  Sanitize as much as possible.

I clean and sanitize a lot more during the flu and cold season, and I sanitize everything in sight!  Especially things like phones, laptops, keyboards, doorknobs and anything with a handle, I take the time, once or twice a week, to scrub and disinfect my household.  If someone happens to fall ill, I go the extra mile and try to sanitize daily so the rest of my family won’t get sick and keep my daughter from getting her school mates sick.

  1.  Use herbal remedies and teas.

Echinacea, goldenseal, ginger, vitamin C, honey and lemon are all great ways that support you in flu and cold prevention.  Again, a healthy lifestyle will also go a long way in impeding that nasty virus.  Keep a balanced diet, eat healthy, exercise, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest!  Keep in mind that whatever YOU do as an adult, your children will mimick and follow.

If you are interested in registering your child in Little Human Scholars kindergarten near Jaya One, Jaya33, PJ Old Town, PJ New Town and near University Hospital, simply click here and fill out the form or call +6017-7303 025 to schedule a walk through with one of their staff members.  Whether you are looking for childcare for a 2-month-old, or for full day care with meals and transportation included, or just a simple half-day school Monday through Friday, Little Human Scholars kindergarten is one school that truly caters to their students AND the parents while keeping everyone happy and healthy!

Finding a preschool and kindergarten that takes sanitization seriously, and makes washing hands a regular happenstance is crucial not just for your child, but for all the students, teachers and for your health as well!  I hope you find this helpful in keeping your family healthy this season.

Wishing you all the best!

Jana Moreno

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