The 20 second rule
Infants and small children are very tactile as they explore their world with their hands. Hands that constantly go into their mouths, wipe their noses, rub their eyes and then handle toys or touch other children. It is no surprise that germs can rapidly spread. By teaching children the 20 second hand washing rule with five easy, but effective steps: water, froth, scrub, rinse, and dry- it can help keep your family healthy by reducing the spread of tummy upsets and respiratory illness whether it is at home, kindergarten or school.
Hands that constantly go into their mouths, wipe their noses, rub their eyes and then handle toys or touch other children. It is no surprise that germs can rapidly spread.
A natural hand sanitiser or diluted essential oil spray can be an alternative option if travelling or frequent hand washing is not an option.
Keys of recovery
Children are resilient. No one likes their child to be sick so giving them the time to rest, sleep, stay hydrated with frequent fluids, and encouraging small proportions of food will assist with a full recovery. Don’t be surprised if there is a lack of appetite after illness as it is common and it is best to be patient, but persist in offering foods the child likes, to stimulate their appetite again.
I believe that most parents know their child better than anyone and know if they need extra medical attention. But some signs to be aware of include: trouble breathing, a stiff neck with fever, unconscious or unresponsive, jerking movement or having seizure, skin or lip that look blue or greyish in colour. If you are unsure about any symptoms, contact your doctor.
Julie Fergusson is a Naturopath with Red Seal.