Just in case you didn’t know, flu is actually more dangerous than the common cold, especially for children. More often it leads to serious health conditions such as pneumonia or bacterial infections. During the flu season, many children in Australia end up hospitalised and unfortunately, some die from the flu. To help you prepare your child for school during this season, we have gathered tips you may find useful as shared by the health professionals at Providence Medical Centre.
Get A Flu Vaccine For You And Your Child
The best way to prevent flu is for you and your family to get a flu vaccine. It can take two weeks for the flu vaccine to become effective so make sure to get the vaccine well before the flu starts to spread in your community.
Note that you and your child will need to get the flu vaccine every season. You can have it done at Providence Medical centre or any top medical centre in Sydney.
If your child still gets sick despite having the vaccine, the shot can help shorten the time that the child is sick and reduce the flu symptoms. This can mean fewer missed days at school.
Check Your Child’s Hand Washing Skills
One of the most common ways your child gets colds is by rubbing their nose or eyes after cold virus germs have gotten on their hands. And children often don’t wash their hands well enough at school.
Make sure your child knows how to use soap and warm water. He or she should scrub all over including the back of their hands, between fingers, and around nails – for about 20 seconds. They should then follow that up with a thorough rinse in warm water. After that, ask them to dry their hands with a paper towel and then use it to turn off the water.
Strengthen your Child’s Immunity
Help protect your child from inside as well as out. Make sure your child gets enough sleep and exercise, avoids stress and has a well-balanced diet. Pack a healthy lunch and snacks. Also, encourage your child to drink water at school to help keep their immune system strong.
If possible, speak to a nutritionist or dietitian from any of the top medical centres in Sydney about effective ways to strengthen your child’s immunity.
Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser
Hand washing is the best defence against germs, but on field trips or at games or other events, it’s not always convenient or possible.
Depending on your child’s age and school policy, sending him or her to school with an alcohol-based sanitising gel or wipe is a good substitute.
Some classrooms and daycare centres also provide hand sanitiser. To make it effective, your child should rub the product all over her hands and fingers until they are dry. This should take about 30 seconds.
Social Distancing and Germ Etiquette
Teach your child to stay away from sick children as much as possible. When your child sees another child coughing or sneezing, they should move away from them and not mingle.
On the other hand, your child should cover coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading the infection if he or she is sick. When possible, they should sneeze into a tissue and throw it in the trash right after. Next, they should wash their hands or apply sanitiser immediately.
Clean Your Child’s Backpack
As any parent knows, school backpacks can get pretty messy from long-forgotten lunches and all the other things children stuff into them.
Have your child clean out his or her backpack regularly. Then clean the inside of the backpack periodically. Use a wet cloth or sanitary wipe to remove dripped juices and stuck-on food or crumbs.
If you want more tips and advice on how to prepare your little one for school during the flu season, our friendly health professionals at Providence Medical Centre will be happy to help you out.