It’s September and the kids are back in school!
Few things are germier than a school where lots of kids and adults are stuck in small rooms, touching the same objects and breathing the same air.
Then the kids bring those germs home on their hands and touch everything there, too.
Colds are miserable for children and parents alike, and missing work—whether a parent gets sick or has to stay home to care for a sick child—is a problem for many families.
It’s impossible to avoid every cold, and it’s probably better for our immune systems to get sick now and then, anyway. But there are some things you can do to help reduce the number of colds you or your child get this school year.
I’ve posted previously about these tips; read the full posts for more information.
Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, frequently! Put hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack; put it in your purse; keep it in your car and on your desk. At home, use plain soap and water.
And avoid touching your face with your hands. Pay attention and you’ll be surprised how often you do this without knowing it!
A neti pot is a simple and inexpensive tool for washing out the inside of your nose. It sounds crazy, but it’s really easy and actually feels good! And used regularly, it can keep those nasty cold germs away (and allergies, too).
Save your money. Don’t bother with expensive supplements.
Supplements such as Airborne and Emergen-C can only claim to “boost” your immune system, because there is no evidence that huge doses (1000 mg or more) of vitamin C prevent colds. And scientists have been studying vitamin C’s benefits for more than 60 years!
Zinc, found in Zicam or Cold-Eeze lozenges, isn’t meant to prevent a cold, but rather treat it by lessening the symptoms and shortening the duration. It does. Kind of. By half a day.
Moderate exercising, a healthy diet and getting enough sleep are the best ways to keep your immune system functioning its best to both prevent colds or recover more quickly.
Flu season is around the corner, too, so I will be re-posting some updated flu information in a few weeks.