Avoid the Back-to-School Coughs and Colds

Sick Man
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The back-to-school season is a prime time for coughs and colds in the Lufkin, Texas, area. Head off the flu and sniffles with these smart strategies for keeping everyone healthy.

Feed Your Family Right

Choosing healthy foods for your family’s diet will help you boost their immune systems. Focus on fresh produce, and try to create a naturally colorful plate. Yogurt and oats are both excellent picks for boosting immunity and are easily incorporated into your breakfast routine. Citrus fruits and juices are packed with healthy vitamin C. Papaya, and kiwi are smart choices as well. With the right diet, you may be able to fend off colds before they take hold.

Keep the Air Clean To Avoid Coughs and Colds

Even the most rigorous routines can’t keep all germs and allergens from entering the home. Make sure your HVAC system is equipped to filter out those that do make it in. Keep your air filter clean and your system well-maintained with twice-yearly visits. Consider installing a humidifier or air cleaner for added assistance against flu and colds.

Review Hand-Washing Procedures

Proper hygiene and hand-washing go a long way toward keeping unwanted germs away. Review proper hand-washing with everyone in your family. Remind them to wash for at least 20 seconds, use soap, and rinse thoroughly.

Stop Sharing

Sharing cups, plates, or utensils is an easy way to spread germs. Remind your family members not to share these items, so you don’t all get infected if one person in your house contracts a cold. Assign each member of the family a different color, and mark cups and water bottles to help enforce this rule.

Keep Things Clean

Wash backpacks on the weekends to keep germs away. Wipe down counters and bathrooms daily, and attack door knobs, phones, remotes, and other surfaces frequently as well. Germs can lurk anywhere.

If you need a little extra help cleaning the air in your home, contact McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning at 936-465-9191. We’ll make sure that your HVAC system is in tip-top shape.

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