Our healthy kids tips are sponsored by KnowYourDose.org. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Since cold and flu season is in full swing, it’s important that we do what we can to keep our healthy kids at 100%.
Healthy Kids Tips for Cold & Flu Season
I’m all about doing my best to keep my healthy kids feeling well during cold and flu season.
There are a few easy things that I do each year in an effort to give us the best chance at keeping everyone in good shape.
Healthy Kids Tip 1
My biggest tip is to make sure everyone in the family gets enough rest and is eating well. This time of year is often so busy that it can be easy to fall out of routine and not eat as well as we might usually.
I also try to make sure we all stay active which helps make sure we get enough rest too! Sticking to routines definitely seems to help us all feel pretty good most of the time.
Healthy Kids Tip 2
I’m not a fan of cleaning. I’m not sure anyone is, but it’s a necessary thing. During cold and flu season, I feel like I’m constantly wiping down the counters, doorknobs, and every other surface in our house!
I also make sure we’re all washing our hands all the time. They probably get tired of me reminding them but with some fun hand soaps, they make it happen. Carrigan loves washing her hands so I have no trouble with her.
We also do some version of our glitter germs activity each year and that seems to get them a bit more willing to wash their hands a lot!
Healthy Kids Tip 3
When it comes to cold and flu season one of the first things I do is clean out our medicine cabinet and make sure we’re stocked up on the basics.
If you haven’t gone through your medicine cabinet, the first few weeks of the new year are a great time!
I follow a quick three-step process to get it ready for my family and keeping healthy kids!
- Empty the medicine cabinet.
- Take stock of what you’ve got. Get rid of expired medications. See what you need to replace.
- Get organized. Put everything back in the cabinet and keep all medication out of the reach of your kids.
Over the Counter Medications & Healthy Kids
Many multi-symptom cold and flu medicines we get over the counter to stock the medicine cabinet might contain acetaminophen.
It’s the most common drug ingredient in the United States and is found in more than 600 different medications. When it’s taken as directed, it’s safe and effective. But there’s a limit to how much you can take in one day.
This is important for us to know when we’re organizing our medicine cabinet for our family.
Taking more acetaminophen than recommended can lead to liver damage. So it’s important to read medicine labels during cold and flu season.
There are some easy steps we can take to make sure we’re using medications safely with our families:
- Always read and follow the label.
- Know if your medicines contain acetaminophen.
- Take only one medicine at a time that contains acetaminophen. Double check, don’t double up!
- Ask your healthcare provider or a pharmacist if you have questions about dosing instructions or medicines that contain acetaminophen.
So it’s important that we always read and follow the labels. Healthy kids should receive a dose by their weight using the directions on the packaging or ones given by a healthcare provider.
If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask a healthcare provider or pharmacist!
Let’s help our kids be healthy kids this year by taking a few easy steps!