Classrooms can be a breeding ground for germs, and it is common for kids to pass illnesses to each other. This can result in children bringing these illnesses home and infecting family members, which may have you reaching for remedies such as Wellements baby cough syrup. Fortunately, there are things your child can do to avoid catching a cold now that cold season is almost upon us.

Washing Their Hands

Washing hands is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of illness. Teach your child to wash hands:

  • Before and after eating
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After playing outside
  • After handling garbage
  • After petting an animal
  • After coughing or sneezing 

Personal Hygiene

Although washing hands is a great example of personal hygiene, there are other ways your child can take care of him- or herself to stay well. One is to avoid touching surfaces that may have been exposed to germs and viruses and, if avoidable, to wash hands right afterwards.

If another student in the classroom has cold symptoms, your child should try to keep a respectable distance and avoid touching the student’s tissues. If your child is not feeling 100%, there are ways to reduce spreading it to others. One of the best ways is to stay home. If your child has symptoms but seems to feel fine, you may choose to send him or her to school. Just make sure to teach proper coughing technique, such as coughing into a tissue or the elbow, to keep others from getting sick.

Exercise

The best thing to do is strengthen the immune system, so if your child does face exposure, immunity will be able to fight off any illness. Keeping your child active is one way to do this. Doing something every day will keep your child healthy.

Plenty of Sleep

Children already need more sleep than adults, and when it is cold season, they need even more because sleep is when the body heals and prepares to fight off illnesses. Aim for an earlier bedtime, which may be easier during fall and winter when it gets dark sooner. During the weekends, try to get your child to take a nap or, at minimum, take some time to rest the body.

Immune Supplements

One of the best immune boosters is vitamin D, and the sun is the best source. However, most people are unable to get adequate amounts in the fall and summer, so supplements can help keep levels high. There are additional supplements that you may want to give your child during cold season to give the immune system a boost. These include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Echinacea
  • Zinc
  • B vitamins
  • Selenium
  • Garlic

Elderberry also has antiviral and antibacterial properties to help fight off colds, flus, and other upper respiratory illnesses. Elderberry lollipops are perfect for kids. They taste great and seem more like a treat than a supplement. Because they are organic, you as a parent can feel good about giving them to your child, and there are no artificial flavors or colors.