EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Boo Hoo Flu…

Posted on: January 24, 2011

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

We all know that flu season is among us.  Noses are drippy, we hear coughing everywhere and many of us have been “doctoring” our own aches and pains as well as our children’s.  Schools are busy sending home art projects of children’s traced and cut out hands pasted on paper with a Kleenex stuck in between.  The caption “Catch that sneeze, please!” is a favorite.

Elbows become “wellbows” for sneezing. Winter hats, mittens, snowsuits and boots are being sorted and washed…again, and again.  

Ahhhh, another season preparing to fight the flu:

  • Dress for the weather.
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Eat plenty of good foods and drink plenty of water.
  • Get a flu vaccine – it isn’t too late!
     
    Prevent the spread of germs by: 
  •  Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away after use.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.  If water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way!
  • Change toothbrushes.  Use small tubes of toothpaste – (big ones last through coughs and colds & kids scrape their toothbrushes.)

I know, even when you try your hardest to avoid colds and flu, inevitably your little one ends up on the couch wrapped in a blanket and feeling yucky…. 

Now what:

  • Make sure you are taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your family.
  • Change pillow cases.
  • A favorite movie or music can be restful and make the time go by.
  • Paper and crayons – a new coloring book or game to perk up for is welcome.
  • Tea and Toast, hot soup, and snicker doodles always made my children better. 

The CDC has free downloadable resources available at www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/print.htm

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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