Teach your kids to avoid kids

Keep a happy and healthy house this winter by following these three simple steps on how to teach your child to avoid catching a cold.

TEACH YOUR KIDS TO AVOID KIDS

Keep a happy and healthy house this winter by following these three simple steps on how to teach your child to avoid catching a cold.

Firstly, it sounds simple, but explain to them what germs are. Helping your child understand that germs are everywhere, yet can’t be seen, is a way of ensuring that they understand how colds happen. Explain that using the same cutlery, cups and foods as their friends can also help spread germs around, so just be cautious.

Secondly, pay attention to hand hygiene. Washing hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading and a sure way of preventing colds this winter. Teach your child how to wash their hands properly: spreading the soap between fingers, lathering for at least 20 seconds, and then rinsing using a clean towel to dry.

And finally, use tissues. To kids, everything can be used as a tissue. Their sleeves, cushions, stuffed animals… So, it’s always a good idea to have tissues on hand in most places so that your child gets into the habit of using them. Once they cough or sneeze into them, make sure you throw them away.

Voice: Dr Ranj Singh