Cold in flu season has already started and there are alot of things you can do to minimize the chances of colds and flus having the maximum impact on you and your family.
Sanitize, Sanitize. Sanitize.
A family that lives together, inevitably gets sick together.
Be sure to sanitize toys in the bathtub with capful of bleach to help kill germs. Especially if you have wee little ones who are always putting items in your mouth.
Here are other items that are likely to share germs:
Lysol is a great way to keep these surfaces clean and germ-free. Discenfect at least once a week and more often if colds or flu have flared up.
- Door Handles
- Fawcet Handles
- and anyother item that is used often by most family members
Wash hands before eating
So important ! This is the number one thing you can do to help keep yourself from getting sick. Make a habit of all family members washing their hands before meals and snacks.
When out and about use hand santizer if a sink isn’t nearby.
When it gets cold outside, kids spend their time playing in indoor gyms and play areas which have surfaces that germs love to make their home. Even though your home may be spotless, okay well germless ;-), it does look a little odd to spray the playground at McDonald’s with Lysol (although hopefully the employees do 😉 Make sure to use sanitizer before and after the kiddos are done playing. If possible, try to avoid these areas if your child is the one who is sick as a courtesy to other parents.
There are differing opinions. Mine falls somewhere in the middle. I get a flu shot each year, skipping every 3rd year. This gives changes it up so that the shots remain effective when they are given (or so the theory goes). If you little one doesn’t like the shots, and really, who does? Mists are often offered and are a great alternative.
Finally – if you can, color code sippy cups, toothbruses, etc to make it easier for your little ones to identify which one is theirs and this will prevent siblings from sharing each other germs (at least more than they already do).
Here is to a happy and healthly winter! Please comment and share your own ideas below!
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