While different illnesses are caused by a variety of parasites, viruses, and bacteria, a lot of common childhood illnesses tend to spread in similar ways. That means taking a few preventative steps can help ward them off.
- Get Vaccinations
There’s a lot of misinformation about vaccines out there, but rest assured that all recommended childhood vaccines are scientifically proven to be safe and effective. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about vaccine safety.
2. Wash Hands Regularly
Getting your child into the habit of washing their hands is one of the most powerful ways to prevent illness. Encourage them to wash their hands before and after eating, after using the bathroom, and after coming home from playing outside or in a public area.
3. Cover Coughs And Sneezes
You and your child can help prevent the spread of illness by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow. Remember to wash your hands after!
4. Disinfect Toys, Electronics, And Communal Objects
Bacteria and parasites can survive on some surfaces for many days. Use alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol to clean favorite toys, tablets, phones, doorknobs, and any other commonly touched household object. Wash bath towels and bedsheets in hot water every week.
5. Eat Healthy And Exercise Regularly
Following a healthy diet and exercising are powerful ways to boost the immune system.
6. Start Good Habits Early
Explain early and often why good hygiene matters. Integrate good hygiene habits into daily routines—and don’t forget to tell your child when they’ve done a good job.
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