NOTES FROM THE HEALTH ROOM:TIPS ON PREVENTING COLDS
On average, schoolchildren get six to ten viral illnesses a year. A few tips can reduce your child’s incidence of illness.
- Wash hands – One study showed that regular hand washing cut absenteeism by 20%!
- Hands off! – Remind your child to keep their hands off their faces as much as possible.
- Get fresh air – Cool weather does not cause colds. Studies suggest most colds during the winter months are a result of spending more time indoors.
- Raise the humidity – Most cold viruses thrive in dry air, so consider using a humidifier at night. It also keeps mucous membranes moist and less prone to infection.
- Get plenty of sleep - Sleep deprivation has been found to increase susceptibility to colds.
- Just say no – If your child’s friend has a cold, postpone their play date.
- Remember your 4 food groups – Good nutrition plays an important role in keeping your immunity strong.
Last Modified on September 24, 2004