Keeping healthy during cough and cold season (Early Years)


It’s that time of year again! Runny noses, coughs and colds…

Young children are more prone to colds as they haven’t built up immunity to fight the many germs causing them. As children get older, they should gradually get fewer colds.

Here are some tips:

  • Maintain effective hand washing routines to avoid the spread of germs.
  • Keep the environment as clean as possible to help reduce the number of germs and break the chain of infection
  • Encourage children not to share plates, cups and cutlery
  • Remind parents and carers of your setting’s policy on excluding sick children and remind staff to remain at home if they are sick
  • If children are sick, they may not be hungry. Make sure they drink plenty of fluids and encourage rest, to aid recovery
  • There is no evidence that taking extra Vitamin C will prevent colds but ensuring children eat enough vegetables and fruit each day will provide all nutrients for optimal growth and health
  • Encourage meals with Iron and Zinc as these are both essential in the body’s fight against winter colds and flu. Some of the best food sources include; red meat for iron and zinc or if you are a vegetarian enjoy legume-based meals, nuts and wholegrains

How do you minimise the spread of colds at your setting?