Over 3 years
Colds, sore throats and flu: classrooms, canteens and gymnasiums are crawling with germs. From a runny nose to a high fever, children over 3 have a hard time getting through winter without catching something. So what’s the answer? Healthy eating to prevent vitamin deficiencies, lots of rest and a few simple habits will help prevent the spread of germs.
Our 4 tips to prevent the spread of germs:
- Show your kids how to wash their hands regularly with soap
- Air out rooms for at least once a day for 10 minutes
- Keep toothbrushes in separate glasses
- Teach your children to use disposable tissues.
A teacher’s nightmare, the dreaded stomach flu is the toughest winter virus: it circulates from hand to hand, in toilets and on plates. To prevent its spread, avoid contact with those showing the signs of an onset: diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and sometimes fever.
4 ways to fight stomach flu in children:
- Don’t force him to eat, particularly during the first 24 hours
- Re-introduce food slowly, nibbling things that calm the digestive system: rice in water, mashed carrots or bananas and homemade applesauce.
- Give her regular drinks to prevent dehydration.
- Make sure that your child gets a lot of rest to speed his recovery.
Waking up at different times, school-related stress, late-night dinners at the adult table – changes after age 3 can have an impact on children’s sleep. These factors could mean trouble getting to sleep, waking up in the night, frequent nightmares or waking up too early. When your child is getting a lot less than 8 hours a night, you should take the situation seriously, and take these simple measures.
5 tips to help your child get a good night’s sleep:
- Establish regular sleeping hours
- Create a bedtime ritual: gradually turn out the lights, read a story, tuck in the toys, etc.
- Bring forward meal times so they eat at least one hour before bed
- Try to do calmer activities after dinner
- Regularly air the room and turn down the heating (around 19°C)