Help your child survive the winter
Kids will be kids! They seem to have no cognizance of the cold; they are often unfazed by a runny nose or a little cough. As parents, we know that a little cough or a little sniffling can quickly turn into days missed from school and submitting leave forms at work. It’s reasonable to have a winter survival guide that will assist you and your family in managing the effects of winter.
Your immune system is comprised of your child’s daily habits. Whether they eat right, exercise, or even have emotional and psychological well-being, the immune system is constantly trained and strengthened by minor infections, meaning exposure to germs is highly beneficial to your child because, when a more severe illness attempts to enter their body, the response will be strong in managing that infection or virus. Another great help for maintaining a healthy immune system is ensuring your child has an excellent multivitamin that often makes up for the gaps in nutrients in our daily diet.
Weathering the cold
Thankfully, many generations before us have endured the cold and developed an understanding of what works. For one, we know vitamin C is a must! In citrus fruits, strawberries, peppers, etc. Soups are also great; you can include a nutritious soup in a flask as part of your child’s lunch. Packed with vitamins and great for warming up the body, this is a must for winter. You can also keep your kids warm by having them dress in the correct winter uniform. Our uniform shop has a range of clothes and accessories to keep your child nice and toasty this season. View our store here.
Lastly, knowing the difference between a cold and the flu can help you assess what your response should be. A cold is a viral infection that mainly affects the nose, throat, sinuses, and larynx. The recovery time is often within 2 weeks, with minimal medical intervention necessary. This is a sickness that often needs minimal intervention, and over-the-counter painkillers should suffice. The flu, however, is a worse version of the cold, with up to 3 months of recovery time, medical intervention is often required, you may also need to administer antibiotics. Symptoms include a fever above 38 degrees (though not everyone with the flu has a fever), a cough or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea (most common in children). Unfortunately, staying home and missing school may be necessary to facilitate a complete recovery.
Keeping kids warm is not easy. They don’t like to keep their blazers on, and they play outside when we wish they stayed indoors, but there are precautions you can take to minimise the effects of the winter experience. We hope that with this guide, you and your child(ren) will stay healthy this winter.