In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on keeping children safe during the flu season we’re entering. While the COVID-19 outbreak may make this more stressful for some, there are also actually silver linings here – many of the precautions we’ve gotten used to taking over the last several months will directly apply to flu prevention as well.
At Smart Kids Development Center, our staff is taking great care to prevent the spread of any communicable disease, including both COVID-19 and the flu, for all our child care programs. Here are some additional tips on ensuring kids stay safe from the flu this season, including several that can be transferred over to general health and wellness areas pretty easily.
Like with any other contagious disease, the top safety method available is constant: Keeping yourself or others from picking up the disease to begin with. And while part of this revolves around avoiding contact with sick people and taking proper hygiene methods, as we went over in detail in part one, another part involves having a strong immune system.
See, as hard as we try, we may not be able to keep kids clear of all flu spread risks. If their immune system is high, though, they will hopefully be able to ward off certain limited contagions – and exercise has shown to be a major boost to the immune system. Children who are more active, research shows, have lower frequencies of the flu, colds and other illnesses.
Another area that’s big for the immune system is a healthy, balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables should be a major emphasis for all child meals, as should foods that contain good amounts of vitamin C and vitamin D, both of which can benefit the immune system and overall health.
On the flip side, there are some items to avoid or minimize. Those high in artificial products like preservatives should be steered away from, as should high-sugar snacks and treats.
Finally, one of the single largest immune boosters for children is a proper sleep schedule. Kids need between nine and 14 hours of sleep depending on how old they are – if they do not get it, their immune system will be much weaker, and their chances of sickness far higher. Down similar lines, ensuring kids get breaks and downtime from their busy days is also valuable, allowing them to rest and recharge their brains and bodies alike.
For more on how to keep children safe and healthy during flu season, or to learn about any of our health precautions or other information on our after school care, preschool or other child care programs, speak to the staff at Smart Kids Development Center today.