This post was inspired by Gayla over at the Super Nanny site, take a look at the original post. It seems this time of year, I feel the pressure to keep my kids healthy amidst the germ storms raging all around… school, church, Chuckie Cheese, germs are every where.
Some background info: My oldest (boy 2001) just started K this year, but I do have two years nursery school experience under my belt!
I agree, parents should teach their children the proper way to cough in public, what to do when they sneeze, etc… BUT…
I think that is only part of the problem, I think we as parents need to step up our mommy (forget about nannies) rhetoric in the cold/flu season.
**Wash your hands a LOT, enough soap and long enough – rinse completely in warm/hot water. This is sometimes a problem for my 2 year old who does not want anything that is slightly warm on her skin. Boy 2001 is more like me and loves hot water, so that’s not a problem.
**Eat lots of good foods, we call them “super hero foods” in our house – lots of soups with veggies, broth (my son loves to say this word) and BEANS! Every mommy MUST Own a slow-cooker!! It should be issued at the hospital with every baby hat & blankie set… and it should be on baby registries for real! Not to mention, well wishers could arrive with ziploc bags of food to give the new mommy!
**Hydrate non-stop!! Water, agua (Spanish), de l’eau (French), mizu (Japanese), teach them in different languages, that will keep them in the bathroom and keep the bathroom/wash hands cycle going!
I also am a big believer in garlic and onions! ok, now you’re thinking this woman has gone over the edge. I cook with LOTS of garlic & onion! It is my own personal theory that this not only helps with vampires but also with keeping colds away. And of course, very little sugar seems to keep my kids happy all the way around.
Anyone else have any tips to share about keeping kids healthy?
Gayla blogs about the Super Nanny t.v. show on ABC, go check out her Super Nanny Rules Blog.