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When the weather changes, it is the time that adults usually get with viral infections and bacteria. There are a few simple steps you can take to help prevent your children from getting sick as well.
Dress for the weather: Dress your baby properly, especially when you are planning to be out for a couple of hours. It is best to dress your children in layers so that you can remove or add layers to keep them comfortable through the day.
Bath them safely: It is easy for them to catch a chill when having the daily bath or massage . Follow these simple steps to prevent this:
- Keep the temperature in the bedroom and bathroom the same. If this is not possible, choose the room that is most comfortable and do the bathing and massage there. If you prefer not to get your bedroom floor wet, you can set up a safe changing table in the bathroom for massages. The key is to avoid exposing your child to change temperatures.
- Make sure there are no drafts or gusts of cold air while you are massaging or bathing them.
- Find a time of day when is least likely to feel cold and try to give a bath then. If it doesn’t get very cold where you are, be sure to dress your child before turning on the fan, and A/C. Make sure to dry her/his hair thoroughly as well. Also, protect them from the direct blast of cold air.
Give your child a balanced diet: Make sure that your child is on a balance diet. A good diet can give the vitamins and minerals they need to help fight infections. It’s even more important to make sure your children get enough vitamins and minerals.
Pay attention to hygiene: The easiest way for your child to get sick is by catching the bug from an infected person around them. Illnesses can be passed on from one person to the next through mucus, most often by sneezing or coughing.
If infected mucus remains on a toy at a doctor’s waiting room or on someone’s hands as they feed your baby for example, they can get sick. Here are a few steps to help prevent this:
- Make sure that people handling your child wash their hands properly.
- Bring your own toys or books when you take your baby to the doctor for their immunizations.
- If your child goes to a day care and ask the supervising adult to put off sick children from attending.
Regardless of the efforts to protect your children from any illness, your child will get sick once in a while specially the first two-years, although maybe not as often as if you didn’t take any precautions at all.
Getting sick is a part of growing up and is the way that your child’s immune system will learn to fight off infections in the future. Make sure you know when to take your child to the doctor and how to treat the most common infections such as the common cold and flu.
I also can recommend some preparations to battle a cold in your children:
- Homeopatic preparations
Umcka Cold Care comes in several forms: drops, tablet, syrup, and powder. Says Jim Wilk, a certified nutritional counselor at Holly Hill Health Foods. Always ask your physician before to give anything to your children.
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Onion’s pungent cousin contains allicin, a compound which has been known to have anti-bacterial properties. The only problem you might face is getting your kids to eat it. Try mincing the garlic very finely and addicting it to a light pasta sauce at dinner time to avoid its detection.