Cold and Flu Season: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy

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Live a Balanced Life

Maintaining a balanced life for both yourself and your child is one of the best things you can do to keep everyone healthy during cold and flu season, according to Dr. Riley Minster, a pediatrician at Lake Shore Pediatrics in Chicago. Dr. Riley says, “Anytime the body is stressed, the energy you could use to fight off inflammation, congestion and cough is being used just to keep you going.” Reduce stress by cutting out unnecessary weekday commitments such as running errands that could be better handled on the weekend. Set a consistent bedtime and establish calming nightly rituals like reading together with your child, and make sure you both eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies.