Children are more likely to get sick in the winter. People spend more time indoors during the winter, which increases the chances of transmitting viruses and bacteria in close quarters. Cold, dry air can dry out the nasal passages, making it easier for viruses to invade. Limited exposure to sunlight can lead to lower vitamin D levels, potentially weakening the immune system. Certain viruses, like the flu, thrive in colder, less humid conditions and are more active in the winter months.
These factors combined create an environment where it’s easier for infectious diseases to spread and for children to catch them.
To help keep your child healthy during the winter, consider the following tips:
- Promote Good Hygiene: Teach your child to wash their hands regularly, especially before meals and after coming in from outside. Using hand sanitizer can also help when soap and water aren’t available.
- Healthy Diet: Ensure they eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to support their immune system.
- Adequate Sleep: Ensure they get enough sleep, as it’s crucial for overall health and immune function.
- Keep Active: Encourage indoor physical activities to keep them active even when it’s cold outside.
- Dress Appropriately: Ensure they are dressed warmly in layers when going outside.
- Stay Hydrated: Encourage them to drink plenty of fluids, even if they don’t feel as thirsty as they do in warmer weather.
- Vaccinations: Stay up-to-date with vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.
- Limit Exposure to Sick People: Try to keep a safe distance from those who are ill.
- Healthy Indoor Environment: Keep your home clean and well-ventilated.
- Teach Respiratory Etiquette: Encourage them to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their elbow when coughing or sneezing.
It’s natural for children to get sick occasionally, and these illnesses can help strengthen their immune system. However, if your child has a weakened immune system or other health conditions, it’s best to consult a healthcare provider for personalized advice. At As this pandemic is ever-changing, we will continue to make changes for the safety of our students, customers, and staff. If you have any questions, please visit our updated Health & Safety page, or feel free to contact us.