5 Ways to Keep Your Little Bug Safe During Cold and Flu Season

5 Ways to Keep Your Little Bug Safe During Cold and Flu Season

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Ladybug Child Care Center
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Winter is here in Minnesota. There are many great things that come with the colder weather, like snow angels, hot cocoa, and those adorable little snowsuits! There’s a lot of fun this time of the year, but there are also reasons to be cautious: Cold and flu viruses.

Getting sick can make for some miserable days, especially in the freezing January and February temperatures. We want you and your little bug to be happy and healthy, so here are five tips to help keep safe during the cold and flu season.

1) Try your best to avoid others who are sick. The cold and flu are highly contagious and easily spread from person to person. It’s not always possible to avoid people who are ill, but if it’s convenient, definitely stay away.

If your child is sick, keep them home. This is hard for single, working parents or for families where both parents have careers. But if your child has a fever, it’s important to avoid spreading the illness by staying home for 24 hours after the fever is gone.

2) Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. We can’t stress this enough. Hygiene is one of the most important things to avoid getting sick. Wash those little hands and your hands frequently to get rid of potentially dangerous germs.

The winter weather makes this difficult because it’s easy to get dry, itchy hands. But if you moisturize after each wash, you’ll protect your skin as well as your immune system.

3) Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. This one can be very tough if your little one is still a baby. Especially since they can go from rubbing their nose to rubbing their eyes and mouth all in one motion!

Your child’s most vulnerable places to catch a cold or the flu are their eyes, nose, and mouth. What’s worse, they could end up with additional illnesses. For example, if they rub their eyes after being exposed to a cold, they could end up with another illness like pink eye.

We know it’s not easy, but do your best to keep their hands away from their face. At the very least, wash their hands frequently so that it’s safer when they do touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

4) Keep your home clean. During fall and winter months, it’s good to sanitize your counter tops, your child’s toys, and other hard surfaces that could have harmful germs on them. This is especially true in kitchens where viruses and bacteria could contaminate food.

5) Yearly flu vaccine. If your child is over 6-months old, getting a flu vaccine every year can help them avoid getting severe cases of the flu. We know this can be a sensitive topic these days, and many people have mixed feelings.

We believe flu shots are vital to reducing you and your child’s chances of catching influenza. For this reason, our teachers and staff get flu shots every year to help keep children safe from getting sick.

These are only a few ways to help prevent the cold or flu. To learn more about preventing the flu, check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you can make during your child’s early years. It can be an agonizing process filled with difficult questions and feelings.

At Ladybug Child Care Center, we understand how difficult this decision can be — but we also know how rewarding the right child care choice can be for both parents and their child. Everything we do at Ladybug is designed with your child in mind.

From our individualized and nurturing infant program to our caring and stimulating toddler and preschool curricula. We also offer programs for our school-aged children through our AdventureCentre.

Ladybug is all about meeting the individual needs of your child. When we meet the individual needs of your little bug, we are meeting your needs as a parent.

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