COLD & FLU PREVENTION TIPS

Cold and flu season is here & prevention should always be a top priority for our families. Here are some great cold and flu prevention tips that that will hopefully keep everyone healthy this flu season:

  • WASH YOUR HANDS for at least 20 seconds with soap and water OR use alcohol based hand sanitizers.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands between washing them.
  • If your doctor recommends it, get a flu shot for your entire family. It’s fast, easy and effective.
  • Don’t share food, drinks, lip balm or toothbrushes with anyone, even family members. Germs can spread!
  • Avoid kissing on the lips if you feel yourself getting sick. *This can be especially hard with young children, but try to refrain. Also, try to avoid letting people touch your baby’s hands as well.
  • Clean doorknobs, bathrooms and children’s toys with disinfecting cleaner often.
  • Yogurt has been shown to stimulate production of an immune system substance that fights disease. So, eat up!
  • Let fresh air into your home at least 1x week even if it is extremely cold outside. Studies have shown that the air inside your home is 2 to 5 times worse than the air outside. Allowing fresh air in will help to get stale, unhealthy air out.
  • Get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water so that your body will be able to fight off illness.
  • STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK! No need to spread your germs to others. If you do end-up with a cold…
  • Eventually, someone in your family WILL end-up with a cold or flu. Be sure the sick person gets plenty of rest and try some of these great natural cold remedies to help them feel better faster:
  • Increase your vitamin C intake to 1,000 mg/day to help boost your immune system and shorten your cold.
  • Zinc lozenges taken every 2 hours have been shown to help shorten a cold.
  • Stay hydrated with non-caffeinated drinks and use a humidifier to keep nasal passages moist.
  • Get plenty of rest! Overdoing it will only prolong your illness.
  • Eat chicken soup. Studies suggest that the ingredients in chicken soup have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Don’t sniff! Blow your nose often to remove mucus from your head. *Also, remember to not leave dirty tissues around and wash your hands after blowing to avoid spreading your germs to others.
  • Gargle 4 to 5 times a day with warm water + a teaspoon of salt to help relieve a sore throat.
  • Take a steamy shower. The moist heat will help clear and soothe congested nasal passages.
  • Apply hot or cold washcloths to eye area to relieve congested sinuses. *Wet washcloth and put in microwave for a few seconds for heat or in the freezer for cold. BE SURE TO TEST THE TEMPERATURE BEFORE APPLYING TO YOUR FACE.
  • Elevate your head with extra pillows to help with drainage. CAUTION: If you have an infant or small child, DO NOT place pillows in the crib. This is a serious SIDS risk!