CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — After a dangerous flu season last year, doctors are warning parents to teach kids good hygiene habits.
A healthy diet is a big part of it. Pediatricians say make sure kids are eating balanced meals including fruits, vegetables and plenty of water.
Carle pediatrician, Dr. Stefanie Schroeder, said doctors aren’t seeing much illness now, but it’s about that time when they’re going to start seeing it ramp up.
So, she says now is the time to drive home the advice people can always follow better.
“Hand washing. I can’t stress that enough,” said Schroeder. “Making sure you’re not sharing drinks. If you are sick, please stay home. If you go to work sick or if you send your child to school sick, then you do run the risk of getting other people infected as well.”
The CDC says elementary school children can catch 8 – 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year.
Schroeder said kids should know when and how often to wash or sanitize their hands. It includes before eating and before they touch their face.