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5 Tips for Winter Wellness

Hf13 winter wellness
WCH News
Posted 17 June 2024

The chilly months are prime time for the spread of colds, flus and viruses, which can disrupt your family’s life for weeks. To help you and your family stay healthy this season, we’ve compiled these important reminders.

  1. Get a Flu Shot: Influenza is more severe than the common cold. Annual vaccinations can lower your chances of catching the flu and reduce its severity if you do.
  2. Clean Hands: Practise regular hand hygiene with soap and water or hand sanitiser, especially after being in public places. Avoid touching your face (nose, eyes, mouth) as this is where viruses can easily enter your body.
  3. Boost Immunity: Strengthen your immune system by:
    • Getting adequate sleep
    • Eating healthy foods (aim for five or more servings of fruits and veggies daily)
    • Drinking plenty of fluids
    • Exercising regularly
  4. Avoid Others When Sick: Stay away from sick individuals and keep your child home if they are ill. Avoid close contact with vulnerable populations like babies and the elderly.
  5. Safe Sneezes: Teach your child to sneeze or cough into a tissue or their elbow to prevent spreading germs.

* General Safety Tip: Be cautious when using wheat packs, hot water bottles, electric blankets, heaters, and fires. Ensure cough and cold medicines are stored out of children’s reach to prevent poisoning.

HF13 flu jab feature

– 8-year-old Joseph is winter-ready after having his flu jab at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Immunisation Clinic

When to Seek Help

Caring for a sick child at home can be especially worrying. However, there are several options that can help you manage. It’s important to know what’s available.

  • Mild Symptoms: For slight fever, cough, or runny nose, test for COVID-19, keep your child home, and manage symptoms with paracetamol, ibuprofen, rest, and fluids. Consult your GP if symptoms persist.
  • Virtual Care: Save a trip to emergency by using our Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service from the comfort of home. Our highly skilled emergency doctors and nurses can assess and provide medical advice for children aged between 6 months and 18 years.

    If your child’s condition worsens while you are waiting for your virtual consult, please contact 000 or go to your nearest emergency department.
  • Emergency Symptoms: If your child has difficulty breathing or is severely ill or injured, call 000 immediately. For other urgent issues, visit our Paediatric Emergency Department.

Still unsure? For more tips and after hours options visit the SA Health Better Ways To Get Better website for more options