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A cold front has set up camp here in South Florida. Day after day for the better part of a week, I’ve bundled my kids up to head off to school, soccer, dance, and all their other activities. With more cool temperatures in our forecast – due to a cool front hitting tonight – I’ve almost given up hope that South Florida will return to that warm place where everyone vacations.
But the cold temperatures outside are the least of my worries. What I’m really concerned about are colds…and the flu. Both of which seem to accompany these cold fronts on the rare occasions when they sweep through South Florida. My boss is sick, my neighbor is sick, our babysitters are sick, everyone is sick…illness seems to be taking out everyone around us, one by one. How long until it’s me? Or worse, my kids? Because the one thing I don’t need right now, less than 2 weeks before Christmas, is 3 sick children.
So while I can’t control the weather, here’s how I’m preparing my kids for cold and flu season:
Reiterate Healthy Habits. Sure there are lots of healthy habits, but for me, this one boils down to one thing: hand washing. According to the CDC, hand washing is the simplest and most effective way to remove germs and avoid getting sick. When you can’t wash your hands, hand sanitizer is the next best thing. We keep an extra sanitizer in the back seat of my car for the kids so they can clean on the go.
Get a Professional Opinion. I’m a bit behind on the girls’ well visits. Several months behind, if I’m being honest. So instead of staying that way, we’re going to the pediatrician this week to talk flu shots, vitamins, supplements, and anything else that might help us through this cold and flu season. It never hurts to get a professional opinion!
Dress in Layers. With temperatures changing from 40 to 60 to 80 on a daily basis (sometimes all in one day!), I dress my kids in layers and keep extra hoodies and jackets in the car. They let me know that they don’t appreciate the extra layers, but at least they aren’t complaining about being cold.
Prepare, prepare, prepare. Even with all of the above precautions, I know that cold and flu season is coming for me, so I need to be prepared with a fully stocked medicine cabinet. If you haven’t already, this is the time to stock up on Infants’ Advil®, Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin ® DM Day/Night Pack, and Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough.
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How do you prepare for cold and flu season?
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