Cold and Flu season is upon us. Before your family gets stuck in the cycle of runny noses, coughs and ear infections Trust Child Care is sharing some cold and flu resources for parents. You can help prevent and or slow the spread of cold and flu both to your family and within the Trust Child Care Community. No one likes being sick, end of story so let’s do all we can to prevent it!
Get the Flu Vaccine
The flu vaccine is the most effective way to stop the spread of the influenza virus. By vaccinating everyone in your family 6 months and older you are offering herd protection for those that cannot receive the vaccine. In the daycare setting every child that can be vaccinated that receives the vaccination means a greater degree of protection to the youngest students at Trust who are most vulnerable and cannot receive the vaccination.
Flu Vaccine For Kids
Where to Get the Flu Shot
How to Avoid the Flu
Teach Your Children To Cover Their Coughs and Sneezes
Trust Child Care begins teaching this healthy habit to our infants if you can believe it! Tissues are hard to grab but we can always access our elbow! Encourage your little one to cover their mouth and nose with the crevice of their elbow when they sneeze or cough. This keeps cold and flu germs out of the air and off their hands where they are readily spread throughout the room. Bonus points – when you demo for them they think it’s hilarious!
Scrub a Dub Dub – Wash Your Hands
Hand washing regularly throughout the day with warm soapy water for at least 15 seconds helps prevent the spread of cold and flu germs – FACT. When soap and water are not available reach for the hand sanitizer – min 60% alcohol please and make sure you are applying it properly.
We teach the children to sing happy birthday while they wash – it’s cute and ensures that they are reaching that 15 second target!
Hand washing is a daycare rule – Trust Child Care children wash their hands on arrival, before and after eating, after using the washroom or changing, after playing outside and before playing at a sensory activity – oh and every time they use a tissue!
Trim Those Nails
Cold and flu germs hide under finger nails – they are crafty that way. Best to keep finger nails neat and trim. Keeping finger nails trim also helps in preventing inadvertent scratches (thank you!)
Don’t Touch Your Face
Most germs are spread by touch and not by air! So maybe it wasn’t your mother in law’s sneezy sneeze that made you sick – maybe it was you!!
Stay At Home When You Are Sick
Cold and flu germs have been training for a long long time and they know how to spread very effectively in group settings. If your child is not well keep them at home – this is the one time we don’t want to share!
Disinfect Surfaces and Shared Items
Cold and flu germs are strong (like a baby trying to pull your necklace off!) and can live on hard surfaces for up to 8 hours. Trust Child Care teachers sanitize and disinfect toys and hard surfaces multiple times throughout the day. To keep your family healthy wipe down your counters, wash hard toys, remotes and don’t forget your phone and keyboard!
Don’t Eat From Your Child’s Plate
It is tempting to take a nibble of that yummy mac and cheese or to open wide when your child tries to feed you but trust us – it can be the kiss of death! Treat the food on your child’s plate like it’s radioactive – no exceptions. You never know what germs are lurking – best to take a pass! You’ll thank us later.
Boost Your Child’s Immune System
Speaking of Eating – Feed your family phytonutrient rich foods (think blueberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes.) Our catering partner Real Food For Real Kids has you covered with healthy immunity boosting meals delivered daily to Trust Child Care.
In Canada our major sources of vitamin D come from fortified foods – such as fortified milks and cheeses. Did you know the only sources of non fortified Vitamin D in the Canadian diet are fatty fishes and egg yolks? During the winter months consider vitamin D supplementation for your family and hop on over to this website for the Government of Canada’s Vitamin D DRI’s.
Let them Play Outside – Yes Even Though It’s Cold…
It is cold outside but exercise in the outdoors can boost your child’s immune system and lower stress (both of which help to ward off cold and flu). We’ve got you covered Monday to Friday at Trust with a minimum of two hours per day of outdoor time.
Sleep – it’s the super easy ninja that helps fight off germs too. Each child’s sleep needs are different but the “recommendation” is that toddlers get a minimum of 12 -13 hours of sleep per day and preschoolers 10-13 hours per day.