I am a self-proclaimed Germ Freak. When Cold & Flu season roll around, I get a lot of anxiety about what kind of sickness my kids will pick up any given week. With both of my girls in school now, it has gotten even worse. Lysol & SocialMoms.com have teamed up with bloggers to get the word out about keeping you & your family safe from all those germs!! Here are a few things that we do in our house:
1. WASH HANDS!! I know this is a pretty typical answer, but it is huge in our house
My kids learn from an early age to wash their hands right after they get home from ANYWHERE…..the store, a friends house, school (especially), or just playing outside.
They also know how long they need to be scrubbing. We sing ‘Twinkle-Twinkle little star’ for the duration of our hand washing. Even Easton who is only 18 months knows this & he sings with us each time we wash his hands.
2. Teach your child to cough and sneeze into their elbow.
I cringe whenever I am around coughers & sneezers. I try not to let it show on my face, but I know I am probably not that good at hiding it. It’s obvious that it is pretty pointless to cough into your hand right? The germs are still going to get around once you touch something. Kids can learn at a pretty young age how to cough into their elbows. Let’s teach ‘em!
3. Hand Sanitizer!!
I love this stuff. I keep a bottle with me wherever I go. If we go to the store, my kids get a little bit to rub on their hands immediately after we get into the car (I do it as well). However, hand sanitizer is certainly not a replacement for washing your hands with soap and water. We use it only if we don’t have access to soap & water. It’s a nice thing to have when you are out and about though!!
4. Sanitize your house.
This is especially important if you have sick family members. I currently have a sick child and have been sanitizing daily. You can use homemade sanitizer (lot’s of recipes on the internet), store-bought sanitizers (Lysol kills 99.9% of bacteria & viruses on hard surfaces), or there are even UV lights that kill germs. Yep, I have all of the above. It doesn’t take too long to wipe down surfaces that are touched daily and it may just be the thing that keeps the rest of the family from getting sick!!
Do you guys have any tips and tricks that keep your family well during the cold & flu season? I am especially interested in vitamins and such that might give us a ‘one-up’ this year. Any suggestions?
I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Lysol blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here