There’s never a convenient time for your child to get sick. While missed school (and work!) days
are going to happen, there are steps you can take to minimize them.
The best prevention strategy is simple regular exercise, sufficient sleep and good nutrition. Help
your family maintain a healthy diet, packed with vitamins and nutrients including immune-
boosting foods such as fish, citrus fruits and leafy vegetables, to help prevent the onset of
illness. And stock up on items such as tissues, vitamin C, throat lozenges, hand sanitizer and
disinfectant spray. Keep them in one handy place to make illness prevention even easier.
Other strategies include:
1. Wash hands often and properly: According to the CDC, hand washing
is the most effective way to stay healthy. Teach your children to wash their hands
frequently to help kill the viruses and bacteria they may have collected. Have them
use regular soap and warm water to scrub their hands including the back of their
hands, in between fingers and under nails for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based gel if soap and
water are not available. Remind your child to sneeze and cough into the crux of their
elbow and to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth.
2. Disinfect to protect: Kids can touch and retouch more than 300 surfaces in just 30
minutes. You can help protect family members from picking up and spreading germs
with their hands by spraying commonly touched surfaces and objects with a disinfectant
after cleaning. Regular disinfection will help kill cold- and flu-causing viruses and
bacteria before anyone in your family gets sick.
3. Start the whole family on daily superfruit protection. Black elderberries are one of
nature’s richest sources of pigments called anthocyanins which have a remarkable ability
to stimulate the body’s immune system.
Always contact your doctor if you have a gut feeling that your child is unusually ill, or if her
symptoms worsen, or don’t improve after more than four days. Persistent high fever,
dehydration, severe cough with chest pain and shortness of breath, or a severe headache with a
stiff, painful back-of-the-neck and persistent vomiting may be signs that something more serious
is going on.