4 Common Fall Illnesses to Watch Out For

As summer ends and the kids go back to school, many parents are acutely aware of common fall illnesses showing up more and more. As kids spend more time indoors with crowds, germs can spread quickly and make more students sick. Parents are susceptible to these sicknesses as well since the kids bring germs home. As autumn begins, it’s time to keep an eye out for these common fall sicknesses.

Keep yourself and your kids safe from these 4 common fall illnesses! Click To Tweet

Common Fall Illnesses

A combination of lower temperatures and crowded indoor areas allow germs to infect large groups of people rapidly. Kids in school are especially vulnerable. Let’s look at the most common illnesses passed around in the fall and how to avoid them:

  1. Seasonal allergies
  2. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  3. Raynaud Syndrome
  4. Influenza

1) Seasonal Allergies

Houston autumns bring plenty of humidity and pollen, both of which can make allergies very severe and unpleasant. Asthma patients are especially at risk. To best combat seasonal allergies, keep allergy medicine handy for severe reactions and make sure you and your kids wash their hands regularly. Finally, after you or your kids have spent a while playing outside, wash their clothes shortly thereafter to remove any pollen they may have accumulated.

Pro Tip: Sniffing small amounts of very strong peppermint can clear up congestion caused by seasonal allergies. Just be careful! Peppermint in large doses can be overpowering.

2) Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a form of depression that appears or worsens during the fall and winter months. While several factors contribute, it’s widely acknowledged that shorter, gloomier days common in the fall lead to mild depression from a lack of sunlight. Not only does this cause a person’s mental health to deteriorate, but it also contributes to problems eating, sleeping, or functioning well in life. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent SAD from worsening. For instance, light therapy, a method of simulating sunlight, has been shown to help boost a person’s mood during a dark winter day.

Remember, SAD should be approached like any form of mental illness. Offer support to your children as they deal with their feelings and come up with coping methods. With time and effective treatments, SAD will become manageable.

3) Raynaud Syndrome

If you or a loved one have heart problems, you may notice them worsening in the winter. This is probably because of Raynaud Syndrome, a seasonal condition that causes poor circulation and numbness as the temperature drops. Encourage your children to stay active to promote better circulation, and bundle up nice and cozy before going outside to combat numbness and lower body temperatures. Keep your blood flowing to prevent the worst of the symptoms.

4) Influenza

Without a doubt, the flu is the most common sickness to surface in the fall. While it may not seem like a big deal, the flu can be quiet serious–nearly 200 children died from the flu in 2018. That’s why it’s absolutely critical for both you and your kids to stay up-to-date on your yearly flu shots to keep yourselves safe and prevent the spread of this viral infection. If someone in your family does catch the flu, encourage good hygiene to keep others from getting sick and visit the doctor if the fever persists longer than a day or two.

Keep Healthy This Fall

While it’s certainly easy to get sick during the winter months, it’s not inevitable. You can curb the spread of infection by washing your hands, keeping up to date on your vaccinations, and taking care of your own health as well as your family’s health. Don’t lose your autumn season to dealing with a sore throat or similarly unpleasant feeling!

Connect with us to learn more about preventing the spread of disease during flu season.