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Keeping your kids healthy this winter

We call them cooties. Some may call them bugs. No matter what you call them, some germs will undoubtedly make their way into your home. It may be unavoidable. We have already been hit a few times this season in our home. When it comes to winter health, there are some things you and your children can do to try your best to leave those germs behind and lessen the risk of getting sick.

  • Encourage kids to avoid people who are obviously sick.

  • Get a yearly flu shot.

  • Stay updated with the latest COVID-19 boosters.

  • Minimize or avoid infections by not taking your newborn or younger infant out and around a lot of other people until they are older.

  • Take a reusable water bottle to school instead of using the school water fountain, which may become contaminated with germs, especially during cold and flu season.

  • Teach good handwashing techniques.

  • Teach your kids 'cough etiquette.' The American Academy of Pediatrics describes recommends teaching children to turn their heads and cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or the inside of their elbow. Simply coughing or sneezing on their hands will then spread their germs onto everything they touch.

Stay well everyone!

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