Monday, November 1, 2010

Sign of the Week: Medical Signs

As much as I hate to admit it, it's that time of year - cold and flu season. We all do our best to stay healthy but sometimes the germs get the best of us.

Download the poster this week and feel free to share it with your child's preschool, daycare, nursery, or play gym.

In the meantime, here are some tips on staying healthy this season:

Keep the germs Away.

Many stores will supply antibacterial cart wipes this time of year, if not year round. Don't be shy about using them. I would rather look like a germaphobe as I scrub down my cart than get sick.

Wash your hand often, especially if you go to play places where the kids have touched most of the surfaces. Avoid touching your face after shaking hands with someone until you can go wash your hands.

Don't share food or utensils. My kids will see me eating something and ask if they can have a bite. That is one way germs can spread through the family. They may not show signs of sickness right then but they could be in the incubation period.

Speaking of foods, Eat Immune Boosting Foods

Try your best to avoid refined sugars that weaken the immune system. That can be hard this time of year when there are so many goodies around. Try to avoid it by not having them in your home but simply enjoy them if you go to a party.

Eat foods that are high in antioxidants such as dark leafy greens, fruits, and salmon. I highly recommend the website with tips on how to sneak veggies in your diet without cooking them down to a tasteless, vitaminless pulp.

Keep your Nose and Sinuses Clear
Use a Neti Pot to keep your sinuses cleaned out and run a vaporizer at night to keep your nasal passages moist so the flu germs can't take hold. Central heat (which dries out the air) and cold temperatures make it easy for flu germs to spread and make people sick.

Stay Active
Kids (and adults) who sit more often get sick more often. So get moving! One idea is to join in with my playgroups or classes this winter to not only keep the flu away but cabin fever as well. :)