Healthy Kids Guide



Guardian’s Prevent, Protect and Manage tips for preventing colds and the flu.

Prevent.

Hygiene methods play an important role in keeping bugs at bay. Teaching your child simple habits such as washing their hands regularly, sneezing and coughing into their elbow, and not sharing cups or plates are easy to learn and can have a big impact. 

A balanced and nutritious diet and keeping hydrated is the best way to keep your child’s immune system strong. This can be supported by certain supplements so chat to your doctor or Guardian pharmacist about what products may be helpful in supporting your child’s health.

Protect. 

Vaccinations are the most important measure that can be taken to help protect your child from becoming seriously ill. Check the national and state advice on vaccines for children and or talk to your family GP to ensure you child is up to date with their immunisations.   

And lastly how to Manage illness if it does strike.  

  • Limit your child’s activities to ensure they rest and keep them home to avoid infecting others.
  • Keep them hydrated; warm drinks will help ease a sore throat and dry mouth.
  • Nasal drops or sprays can ease blocked noses.
  • Pain relief can be given if a fever is present but do be sure to follow recommended doses based on age.

See a doctor if your child has a very high fever, refuses to drink liquids, has difficulty breathing, and if your child’s symptoms worsen or they show no signs of improvement within 48 hours.

If you have any questions about supporting your child’s immunity or on the right products to have on hand should they get sick, come in and chat to our pharmacists.