With cold and flu season nearly upon us, it's time to start thinking about how to keep our kids safe and healthy. Flu activity is generally low across the country until around October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Then it starts to spike.
Cold and flu season usually peaks between January and March. But the CDC recommends that now is the time to prepare for it, starting with a flu vaccine.
Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann agrees with the CDC. Dr. Tanya is a pediatrician, a best-selling author, a parenting expert, and a mom of two.
She is an American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson, which means she is approved by this esteemed organization of physicians to communicate complicated medical issues into concepts that are easily understood.
Dr. Tanya is an ambassador for the TYLENOL® SMILING IT FORWARD™ program that encourages moms to upload photos of their children’s “feel better” smiles to benefit the Children’s Health Fund.
She is dedicated to making children everywhere feel better, and helping parents achieve that goal.
Dr. Tanya recently took time out of her hectic schedule to answer a few questions exclusively for EmpowHER.com, regarding how to best keep kids safe during cold and flu season.
What can moms do to keep school-age kids healthy?
Teach kids how to wash their hands, cough into their elbow and use a tissue and throw it in the trash. Kids get sick often from touching surfaces with germs and then touching their face — eyes, nose, mouth — common entry points for infections.
It’s tough to teach kids not to touch their face, but it’s a good idea to start talking to them about it. Encourage them to wash their hands after playing, after using the bathroom, and before eating meals or snacks.
In addition, make sure your entire family eats a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and veggies, drinks plenty of fluids, gets enough sleep and sees their doctor for regular check ups.
It’s also time to get your yearly flu vaccine — the best way to protect your family against the flu.