This time of year, you can practically see sickness spreading from person to person. When you have a new little baby, it enough to make any mom a little extra nervous and protective. For today’s Mom Tip Monday, Emily from Family and Life in Las Vegas, shares her tips on keeping your baby or toddler healthy during cold and flu season.

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Any parent will tell you, to see your child sick or in pain is probably one of the worse feelings a parent can have.  You would do anything to trade places with them and pretty much do anything to make them feel better.

I can’t tell you how many times in my son’s short life I have wished to put him into a bubble, if for no other reason than to prevent my toddler from licking playground equipment; aka cue the cold in t-minus 14 days. Since bubble boy isn’t really a viable option, as parents we have to make sure we do what we can to prevent our children and other family members in our homes from getting sick during cold and flu season.

Check out my top 5 tips to staying healthy this cold and flu season.

Practice good hand-washing. This is the #1 way to keep healthy and prevent the spread of germs this cold and flu season.  I try to make a point to wash hands every time we come into the house, as well as before we eat, after using the restroom, and after play time with other kids.  Sometimes a sink is not always available, so I always carry hand sanitizer and keep some in the car too.

Teach your child  to cough and sneeze properly. Encourage your child to cough and sneeze into the inside of his our her elbow instead of their hands.  This can help stop the spread of germs in the moments you don’t get to wash hands or dump sanitizer all over them. Plus, teaching your child to do it, allows us the opportunity to re-train ourselves!

Clean and sanitize. Toys, counters, door handles (car door handles too), bathrooms, tissue boxes, kitchen drawer and counter pulls, and places your family eats on a daily basis during the cold and flu season.

Get your flu shot. The flu can be very scary when you have asthma, so we don’t take chances, the whole family gets flu shots in my home. My son got his first dose at 6 months old. In fact, this weekend we went to a Halloween Health Fair and we both got our flu shots!
*The flu shot is available starting in October/November for all children ages 6 months and older.  The CDC recommends pregnant women and children ages 6 months – 18 years, and caregivers get one yearly. (Wikipedia)

Increasing foods rich in vitamin C. Diet is a great way to protect your body from illness.  When my son was 9 months he got really ill for the first time.  It was then I began to incorporate more foods rich in Vitamin C.

  • Red peppers
  • Green peppers
  • Papayas
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Citrus
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mangos
  • Cauliflower

And yes, my 28 month old son actually does eat Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower willingly!  I believe my son eats them because my family eats them.  Not saying that will work with everything, but it sure seems to help! Of course he will also suck on limes, which I certainly don’t do!
In addition when someone in the house is sick, or there is a cold outbreak in our playgroup we also turn to kids Emergen-C.

Each family is different, so choose what works for you. Even with following all these steps completely, sometimes the sickies are just going to nail your home whether you are ready or not.  So just in case, be ready!  Make sure you are properly stocked up on medicines, tissues, pedialyte, soup, and anything else your family may need in case the flu hits your home.

Sending healthy vibes your way!

Emily (faliLV) Knight is a Fitfluential ambassador and the author of Family and Life in Las Vegas, a Las Vegas based blog where she writes “in true Vegas fashion” about a little bit of everything.  Weekly features include, a top ten Tuesday post, a toddler talk meme, and living local Las Vegas..  You will also find posts on fitness, life during deployment, and fun reviews & giveaways.  Emily is a huge fan of giving back to her community and is currently chairing a campaign called Spread The Warmth, a charity fundraiser/giveaway event running October 30th to November 12th with over $2500 in prizes.  All donations will go to raise awareness for Embrace Infant Warmers.

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Thank you for the tips Emily! We are definitely wishing you all (including your babies) a very healthy season.

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