Winter is a season many people look forward to, but it’s also the time when many illnesses run amok. Cases of colds, the flu, and sore throat increase during the colder months. Asthma attacks and other allergies also become more frequent during winter.
While many of these illnesses are nuisances, they can sometimes lead to severe complications. Hence, it’s good to know the steps you need to take if you want to avoid getting sick this winter:
For certain diseases such as the flu, there are vaccines that can protect people from getting sick in the first place. These vaccines train your immune system how to fight the most prevalent flu viruses. Even if you still get sick, vaccinated people recover more quickly and suffer from fewer complications.
Consult with a pediatrician about immunizations to protect your child. Vaccines take some time to work, so it’s essential to get your flu shot before the flu season starts.
Avoid Crowded Places
Another reason that infection rates increase during winter is that people spend more time indoors. As people stay together for longer periods inside, it’s easy for germs to spread from person to person. Of course, people are more likely to get sick if they are in the same room with just one infected person.
Disinfect Your Hands
You inadvertently touch multiple objects as you go about your day. These objects include door handles, railings, and even money. Their surfaces harbor germs that can infect you and your child, especially during the winter.
Therefore, personal hygiene is essential. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. If you don’t have quick access to soap and water, use alcohol or other hand disinfectants. Of course, always avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes to prevent infections; if you must touch your face, use a tissue.
Adopt Healthy Habits
Even with all of these prevention techniques, some germs will still get through your defenses. Hence, it’s crucial to maintain a robust immune system that can fight off these invaders.
Healthy habits include eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. These steps will help keep your immune system strong, thereby decreasing the chances that you’ll get sick even if germs reach your body. If you do get sick, you’ll recover more quickly and with less intense symptoms.
Children’s Healthcare for Winter Illnesses in Massachusetts
There are many useful and easy techniques that can be incorporated into your lifestyle in order to protect yourself and your family against winter illnesses. Some techniques prevent germs from ever entering your body, and others enable your body to fight them off.
Protect your family this winter and all year long by partnering with the pediatricians at Children’s Health Care. We are here to help children stay healthy during every season.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call our Newburyport office at (978) 465-7121 or our Haverhill office at (978) 373-6557, or fill out our online appointment request form. We look forward to keeping your family healthy!