Tips to Stay Healthy During Flu Season
We are seeing quite a few patients in our office the last few weeks for a wide variety of illnesses. The flu has been running around the community right now as we have had several positive tests in our office. The following tips can help you and your family stay safe and healthy throughout the flu season.
- Talk to your doctor. Make sure you stay in touch with your doctor if you are at higher risk for flu complications.
- Wash your hands frequently. One of the best ways to stay healthy is to wash your hands often. Flu viruses are spread by bodily fluid from those who are infected. They can spread the virus by sneezing, blowing their nose, or wipe away other fluids from their nose or eyes. Of course, encourage your children to keep their hands out of their mouths, avoid rubbing their eyes, and to wash their hands thoroughly several times a day, especially before a meal.
- Eat a healthy diet. As with staying healthy, eating a quality meal three times a day can help in supporting a immune system. Foods rich in vitamin E (sunflower seeds, almonds and peanuts) and vitamin C (orange juice, broccoli, and green peppers) can assist. Finally, make an effort to reduce the intake of sugars (soda and candy).
- Get a quality nights rest. Sleep can help boost your child’s immune system.
- Stay hydrated. Increasing your water intake can help you stay healthy and lessen the chance of coming down with the flu. In the case you do come down with a virus, drinking extra fluids can help lower dehydration caused by fever, loosens mucus, and keeps your kiddo’s throat moist.
- Exercise regularly. Exercising can certainly help by lowering stress, but research also shows that it can assist in stimulating your immune system.
- See your doctor if you develop symptoms. If your child’s symptoms get worse after three days, especially if the fever comes and goes, give us a call. We offer same day sick appointments, so make sure you call at 9 a.m. when our phone lines open to schedule an appointment. The flu virus can leave your body vulnerable, so we want to make sure your child is not at any further risk.