Brrrr, there’s a chill in the air around Australia.
That means the coughs, colds and sniffles are all around. Did you know babies and children get an average of 6-10 colds each year?
So it’s a good idea to have hat full of tricks to help minimise infection and aid a quicker recovery from colds and sniffles.
Here are 9 Winter top tips to keep your family healthy…
1. Wash hands regularly, particularly before eating – it’s at the top of the list for good reason. It’s simply the best way to avoid the spread of germs.
Daycare centres and kindys have established handwashing procedures, but once your child starts primary school, there is a less rigid routine for handwashing before lunchbreaks. Why not add a small bottle of organic soap-free hand sanitizer to your child’s lunchbox.
And keep a bottle of sanitiser in the car as well.
2. Keep fingernails trimmed. Sometimes I get so shocked to see how much grot gets under my kids’ fingernails, despite trimming them every 4 or 5 days. Nail trimming with good quality scissors is now a quick and easy weekly task, and an easy way to prevent dormant germs entering their system.
3. Rest. By sleeping the recommended 11+ hours each night, little ones give their nervous and immune systems time to ‘recharge’. It will boost immune health and give them more energy to face each day.
4. Speaking of sleep, start using a Cool Mist Vaporiser with Winter Rescue Remedy Organic Oil (eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree) every night, to aid breathing and respiratory health, and purify and humidify the air in your little one’s bedroom.
5. The Oil/Sock ‘Ninja Trick’. Warm feet are healthy feet. Create a home-made, warming, healthy footrub with 10ml of organic fractionated coconut oil mixed with 3-5 drops of “Breathe” or “Winter Rescue Remedy” or “Clove” organic essential oil. Or why not try Snotty Noses new organic Chesty Rub – premixed with coconut oils and lanolin for easy application. Gently rub either of these products on the soles of the feet after bathtime, and pop some socks on. It allows the goodness of the organic oils and natural botanicals to absorb up into the body.
6. Drink lots of water. When the weather is cool, it’s easy for children to forget to drink water, as they are not as thirsty. However, it’s water that keeps their organs and tissues hydrated and flushes out toxins that may enter their system.
7. Boost the fruit and vegie intake with a weekly soup meal. Soup is such a quick, delicious and nutritious meal for kids of all ages. Homemade is great, but store bought is convenient and tasty. Add some crusty garlic bread, and you’re onto a Winter winner.
8. Daily, outdoor exercise. The days are shorter and cooler, but make sure your little ones are enjoying some time in the fresh air and sunshine everyday. And get those little bodies moving, huffing and puffing.
Parents can get their daily exercise quota done at the same time, by exercising at the playground with their little ones: playing chasey, hide and seek, doing obstacle courses or playing soccer. We’ve even taken our portable UE Boom speaker to the park, and danced around the playground for 30 mins. It’s great exercise for everyone!
9. Keep towels, face washers, and bed linen fresh. Germs and bacteria can lie dormant on pillow cases and towels, so give them a regular spin in the washing machine. That includes your little one’s sleep blankie or comforter!
This article was written by friend of Mummy Time Laura Klein, the founded of Snotty Noses.