Swine flu is in the news again. It is a contagious, respiratory disease that can spread easily from person to person via touch or through the air. Naturally, you’d want to protect your little ones from swine flu; a disease with symptoms that are similar to the common flu, like coughing, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, fatigue and nausea. So, what can you do to protect your family from swine flu? Read these simple measures to find out how you can avoid catching and spreading it.
Vaccination is one of the best ways to reduce the chances of getting infected with swine flu. So, get your little ones vaccinated with a shot or a nasal spray. The swine flu vaccine is different from the annual vaccine for seasonal flu, so be sure to get your family vaccinated for it at the near you.
Use a face mask in public spaces
Children are more prone to get infected by swine flu, as their immune system is not as strong as adults. This makes it essential to make them wear a face mask when you take them out in public. If your tot resists, come up with a fun story that makes face masks seem exciting. Get your child to re-imagine the mask as a superhero mask or even a masquerade mask.
Ensure your kids wash their hands regularly
The most important thing to do during a swine flu outbreak is to wash hands thoroughly and more often. So, it is important to remind your children to wash their hands after coming from school, before eating and after playing. But washing hands with just water isn’t enough. Always use a handwash, as it kills germs that that your kids come in contact with, when they study, travel and play. We recommend Godrej protekt’s mr. magic handwash, which is gentle on kids’ delicate skin. And when your kids are in school, pack a hand sanitizer along, so they stay protected on-the-go.
Get them to eat right and exercise more
Another way to prevent swine flu is to ensure that your children eat a balanced diet, containing fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, get them to indulge in some form of exercise in order to build their stamina and increase their white blood cell count.
Swine flu virus is highly contagious. So, if your little one has any of its symptoms, visit the doctor for medical assistance. If your child is tested positive for swine flu, get her/him to cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. This way, you can stop them from spreading the disease to others around them. Do you know any more precautionary measures that can be taken against swine flu? Let us know in the comments section below. We also recommend that you read our article ‘6 Immunity-Boosting Veggies For Your Kids’ if you are looking for recipes to boost your child’s immunity during this time.