Special thanks to Lifestix for sponsoring today's post and for developing great family health products!
Did you know that February is Kids E.N.T Health Month? Given the number of upper respiratory problems kids face during the winter, it makes a lot of sense!
Since helping you have a healthy, happy family is one of my main goals, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some easy ways for you to protect your child's ear, nose and throat health.
How to Protect Your Child's Ears, Nose, and Throat
Colds, runny noses, and ear infections all work hand-in-hand and can lead to more serious problems like pneumonia and bronchitis. And ear infections can even lead to hearing loss.
That's why it's important to take E.N.T. health seriously. Thankfully, you can do a lot to keep your kids healthy with just a few simple strategies.
1. Keep Objects Out of the Ear
Despite the widespread use of cotton swabs to clean ears, doctors do not recommend EVER putting anything in your ear that is smaller than your elbow. Our ears are naturally designed to purge dirt and wax.
If you really feel you MUST clean your child's ears in some way, this is how to do it:
Also, just as you teach your kids not to stick objects in electrical outlets or to put non-food items in their mouths, emphasize the importance of keeping objects out of their ears.
2. Reduce Your Child's Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke significantly increases children's risk of colds, sore throats, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It also increases the number and duration of ear infections.
Don't allow smoking in your home or around your children. If possible, avoid bringing your children to places where they'll be exposed to cigarette smoke.
3. Teach Your Child Good Hygiene
You can greatly reduce your child's risk of contracting viruses and infections by teaching your child to wash their hands frequently, especially before eating. Also, remind your child to avoid placing items others have touched in their mouth.
4. Reduce the Risk of Infection in Your Home
You can minimize the spread of illnesses within your own home by disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. In addition to your typical disinfection of kitchen and bathroom surfaces, make sure to wipe down doorknobs, light switches, electronics, and remote controls.
5. Bolster Your Child's Immunity
Unfortunately, no matter how much you safeguard your child against germs that will cause upper respiratory infections, those microscopic organisms might still find a way into your child's body. So, one of the best ways to protect your family is to improve their bodies' ability to fight off common threats.
A really easy, but relatively unknown, way to promote E.N.T. health is to create probiotic balance. Who knew? If you're like me, you probably assumed probiotics were all about digestive health.
There's a great product from Lifestix designed specifically to bring probiotic immune support to ears, nose, and throat. Using the BLIS K12 probiotic strain, Lifestix E.N.T. Care promote healthy bacterial growth in mouths, crowding out harmful bacteria.
Don't be fooled by the packets, which resemble drink mixes. No liquid required. You just open the pouch and pour directly into your mouth.
Kids 2-12 can have one pack per day, while teens and adults should take two packs per day. Make sure you keep these with your vitamins instead of in the pantry with the crackers and fruit pouches because my 10-year old was asking if she could have these as snacks! They do taste really good.
It's impossible to shelter our kids completely from illness, but the tips above should help keep your family healthier throughout the year. By safeguarding their ears, noses, and throats, you can prevent many colds and infections from developing or at least minimize their impact.