Mummy says…Winter is the season for cold and flu with approximately 150 million sick days being taken annually while children miss as many as 189 million accumulated school days a year due to colds and flu. This year, the UK flu season is expected to be the worst in years due to the potential arrival of the dreaded Aussie flu. Just because winter is the season for sickness doesn’t mean that you and your family have to be victims of it…
Bugs have the ability to spread around families like wildfire, making it extremely important to keep your loved ones happy and healthy by following certain preventative measures and making sure systems are in place to provide your family with reliable medical care should they become sick. Boosting immune systems and keeping your home warm and safe are just two examples of how you can prevent those you care about from spending winter feeling under the weather.
Stay warm and maintain good hygiene levels
Instead of wearing one thick coat or jumper, try layering up for added insulation – it will help you save on your heating bills as well. When using central heating try not to make the house too hot as that carries its own set of health risks. Aim to keep the temperature at between 16 and 21 degrees and make use of draught excluders to prevent heat escaping from the house. Keeping good hygiene levels are vital in your family’s battle against germs. Encourage your loved ones, especially the children, to wash their hands regularly and make use of anti-bacterial wipes / soap / gel and anti-bacterial wipes while on-the-go.
Eat healthily and drink plenty
You can significantly boost your family’s immune system by making sure they eat healthy and balanced meals. Wholegrain carbs such as potatoes and brown rice together with healthy protein sources and large amounts of fruits and vegetables are essential parts of a nutritious diet and will provide you and your family with all the vitamins and minerals needed to combat the cold and flu this winter. Staying hydrated is equally important, particularly when your heating is turned on and you run the risk of dehydrating faster. Water is by far the healthiest drink, while alcohol intake should be limited as it can suppress your immune system.
Stock up on medicines and get plenty of sleep
Make sure your medicine cabinet contains all the winter basics such as paracetamol, decongestants and cold remedies so that you can start treating someone who falls ill right away. Remember to keep all medicines out of reach of children. Getting a flu shot could help boost your family’s immune systems tremendously and should be taken during October and early November before the UK flu season reaches its peak. The cold winter months present you with the perfect opportunity to stay in bed a bit longer and catch up on some sleep. Sufficient sleep is really important in keeping healthy.
While healthy living is of vital importance during winter, health insurance is also a good idea. In addition to the above measures, finding some affordable medical health insurance options to keep your family protected is something to think about too.
Have you any other tips for keeping your family happy and healthy during winter?