As final preparations are made for the first day of school, from stuffing backpacks, making healthy lunches and picking out that infamous “first day of school outfit,” the last thing parents (and teachers) want is their kids going to school with those dreaded common cold symptoms.
Getting the kids to stay healthy during cold and flu season is not an easy task, but if we can instill some healthy habits, that cold virus will have a little bit of trouble making it to their immune systems!
• Be sure to get them to the pediatrician for their annual physicals. It’s important to make sure they are healthy and get proper immunizations and vaccinations before the school year begins. Plus, it will encourage the habit in your kids to continue getting yearly physicals as they get older.
• Get plenty of sleep. In the final few weeks (and days) before the first day of school, many try to squeeze in some last minute fun in the sun, and often ignore the 7-hour sleep rule. However, researchers have found that those who get fewer than seven hours of sleep are three times more likely to get sick. So make sure to start having your kid(s) hit-the-hay at a reasonable hour in the days leading up to the first day of school to develop a proper sleep pattern.
• Keep hydrated and eat healthy. Drinking water and following a healthy diet can help boost and maintain a healthy immune system, which lessens common cold symptoms and risks of getting a cold or flu, helping us stay healthy. Make sure your kids understand the importance of drinking water, staying hydrated and having a healthy diet.
• Wash your hands. The ‘Happy Birthday’ song isn’t just useful for someone’s birthday! The song is approximately 20-seconds, which is the suggested time to ensure a proper hand-wash. Teach your kids to always use soap, warm water and, to make it more fun, have them sing “Happy Birthday” as they wash to make sure they scrub for the recommended 20 seconds! Instill that they must always wash their hands every time they go to the bathroom and before they eat a meal or snack. Worried about when they’re at school? Pack a bottle of hand sanitizer or sani-wipes in their lunch box as a friendly reminder!
Even when following these tips and living a healthy lifestyle, the occasional germs will slip through the cracks resulting in cold symptoms. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products should only be taken by children 12 and up, but are perfect for parents starting to feel those cold symptoms coming on. There is nothing worse than having a cough or sore throat while still taking care of the kids and worrying about passing it along to them. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy can help. If you feel a common cold coming on, take Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy lozenges, clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by almost half. All Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy products, including our lozenges, oral spray and our Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts, release zinc ions in your mouth that are absorbed by your upper respiratory system. Some scientific studies suggest that the release of zinc ions – as found in Cold-EEZE products’ unique zinc gluconate formula – inhibits the cold virus’ ability to replicate, shortening the duration of the common cold.*
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*Although the precise mechanism by which zinc ions interfere with the cold virus has not been scientifically established, the Cleveland Clinic study demonstrated that Cold-EEZE lozenges significantly reduced the duration of the common cold.