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By The Scott's Team   | 3 min read

Always wash your hands

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most effective ways to stop cold and flu viruses from spreading. So get your family into good habits by encouraging them to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before and after eating, and after coughing or sneezing. And make sure that anyone else who takes care of your child does too! The best method is to use soap and warm water and wash thoroughly for 15-20 seconds.

Contain coughs and sneezes

To avoid spreading germs, teach your children to sneeze or cough into the crook of their arms. The next best method is to use a disposable tissue. If they sneeze into a tissue (or bare hands), they should always wash their hands quickly afterwards.

Get flu vaccinations

Your whole family needs protection from the viruses that make the rounds during flu season. Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) tries to work out which strains of the virus will be most dangerous. Vaccines are then developed for those strains and are recommended for most people aged 6 months and older. If your little ones don’t like the shots, a nasal spray flu vaccine is an effective alternative, and is available for children aged 2 and above.

Please consult your physician to check if flu vaccines are recommended for you or other members of your family.

Ban secondhand smoke!

Secondhand smoke puts children at higher risk of upper respiratory problems. Kids who live with cigarette smokers have more colds, and their colds often last longer than those of children who aren't exposed to smoke. Be aware of second hand smoke in other environments as well, such as when you’re visiting friends or relatives.

Avoid crowds during flu season

Obviously this might not be a very practical suggestion for everyone. But if you or any members of your family are at high risk of catching a cold or flu ¬– or are at risk of developing complications from these infections, try to avoid crowded areas or people who are obviously sick during the flu season.

Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet

This is a key part of helping your family to battle bacteria, fight off infection and stay healthy. Essential vitamins and minerals include copper, folate, iron, selenium, vitamins B12, B6, C, D and zinc. To keep their levels topped up, try to give them at least five servings of different fruit and vegetables each day. And remember, as well as being rich in Omega-3, Scott’s Emulsion also contains vitamins A and D to help support a normal immune function.

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