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The kids are well-established in the new school year (it still feels “new” to me) and that means one thing…yep, AJ is home coughing up a storm. It’s not a coincidence that the cold and flu season coincides with the school year. Kids are so adept at spreading germs you’d think the school system was teaching it along side reading, social studies and math.
While it may not be possible to prevent kids from being exposed to germs outside the home, parents can do plenty to help keep kids (and the adults in their lives, too) from suffering from the worst of the cold and flu season by following just a few tips.
How to stay healthy during cold and flu season:
- Wash hands frequently – Taking a simple step and washing hands regularly will make a huge difference in the spreading of germs. A few key times for the kids to remember to wash – before and after eating, after using the restroom (hopefully they’ve already got this one down!), after blowing their nose or coughing/sneezing, after touching their face, before and after touching anything public (ie, shopping carts, door knobs, etc).
- Change your filter – Dust and other fall allergens may linger in the home if you’ve got the windows and doors shut because of cold weather. Using the Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filter (MPR 1900) is just one of the things you can do to help create a healthier home because it attracts and captures airborne particles like pet dander, smoke, household dust and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses.
- Natural treatments – Take your vitamins (get plenty of Vitamin C and Vitamin D), use essential oils (we love boosting immunity!), or take a spoonful of honey for an all-natural boost.
- Leave shoes at the door – Rather than track in germs (and dirt and leaves and snow and rain, etc) drop shoes at the door and keep the floors indoors cleaner.
- Get plenty of sleep – Allowing your body to get the proper rest will pay huge dividends in the end. A rested body will be able to better fight off any illness that may creep in.
- Disinfect surfaces – Keep surfaces clean and disinfected, particularly counter tops and door knobs and other shared surfaces.
- Drink plenty of water – staying hydrated will help to thin mucus, drain sinuses and un-stuff a stuffy nose. Along with water, some other good choices are juices, clear broths, or other hot liquids.
- Stay home – Yes, it’s ok to call in sick (and trust me when I say that everyone at work or school will be grateful you did). Contain germs and keep sick people home so they don’t spread illnesses to others.
- Use disposables – to avoid “sharing” germs, swap the kitchen and bathroom towels with paper towels, and use paper napkins, cups, etc in the kitchen, too. I’m guessing that no one will complain about having less laundry and dishes to do, either!
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