It’s that time of year – the leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and the wind is getting colder. And it’s almost the time when kids go back to school – which means it’s time for another thing this season we all dread – the flu. As your children go back to school, they’ll be introduced to a host of new kids and of course – germs. This time of year is stressful for any parent. And if you’re one of the million who co-parent, keeping your child healthy during the flu season can be especially stressful. Fortunately, here are some handy tips to keep in mind:
- Prepare and get flu shots: If your child is young, they’re still vulnerable to many strains of the flu. This is why generally speaking a flu shot is recommended for both the parent and the child to prevent from getting ill. In many instances the flu shot is free for the entire family. It’s a cost effective way to prevent getting sick, and one that doctors suggest before the flu season really kicks in.
- Communicate with your ex: Communication is key. If your kid is with the other parent for an extended period of time, just be sure to check in to make sure that they’re being monitored for symptoms. Most children relish sick days, but not all of them do. Some of them will keep symptoms quiet. If you’re co-parenting, make sure that you’re in touch – even if it’s a simple text check in!
- Make sure your child stays home if they’re sick: All parents know this – kids love to fake sick to stay home from school for any number of reasons. You know best if your child is faking. But err on the side of caution. If your child is feeling run down or running a fever, staying home a couple days is recommended. Not only will that keep them from getting sick, but it protects the other children from illness as well.
- Make sure they’re staying healthy: If you’re a co-parent, sometimes its hard to watch out for habits and routines. A sure-fire way to make sure your children are healthy is to keep them on a routine. This includes regular medication, eating healthy, and staying active. A simple calendar usually works well here – but remember, you have to check in on your kids to keep them staying healthy and active.