reported, “Toddlers and preschoolers catch six to ten colds and between one and four stomach viruses every year – and those with siblings or in group care are even more prone to picking up viruses, says Tim Peters, M.D., a pediatric infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical School, in Nashville.” Think that through if you have two kids at ten colds per year that’s twenty colds everyone else is susceptible to each year. And if there are four people in the house, that could be up to 16 stomach viruses. That’s a lot of icky sickness and germs in our families are dealing with every single year!

Now while you can’t keep every germ away from your children, you can prevent the majority from becoming an illness. Just follow these tips to learn how:

Teach your child to wash their hands often. Model this behavior by washing your hands often too. They should also use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Make it easy for younger kids by having a stool for them to use and soft soap that is easily accessible.

Swipe common areas that everyone touches with anti-bacterial wipes. Germs live on surfaces for days, kill them were they are by making use of the excellent anti-bacterial products that are out today. Simply grab a wipe when you are shutting down and turning lights out and swipe away. Don’t forget the TV remote, refrigerator handle and light switches.

Teach your kids that there are things we don’t share. These things include cups, spoons, food off our plates or in our bowls, bottles, etc. When they understand that not everything has to be shared with their lil’ sis, they will be taking a big step away from sharing their co9lds or flus as well.
When a child is sick, try and keep them out of the common areas of the home. If you do allow them to sleep on the couch during the day, be sure to use sheets that they can lay on and you can remove to prevent the spread of germs. And if you child has a stomach virus, their bedroom is the best place for them. If they bunk with a sibling, have them move out for the time being.

Teach your children how to sneeze. You won’t be able to teach your toddles and babies, but preschool-age children and up are capable of sneezing into the crook of their arms.

Healthy eating habits and a good diet are a must for preventing illnesses. This includes taking daily vitamins.

Keep your kids active as exercise helps the body keep strong and fight off germs. You can help by playing with your kids, see this article: Fun and Fit Ways to Play with Your Kids.

Getting the proper rest for your child’s age group is important as well. Children need to get enough sleep to be healthy.

Getting a flu vaccine is a way to prevent the worst of the flu virus. Talk to your child’s pediatrician for more advice on the flu shot.