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How to Prevent the Spread of Cold and Flu

Preventitive measures you can take against the seasonal flu.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend,
Episode #137

The season is upon us. I’m not talking about the holidays. I’m talking about flu and cold season. Yuck! Here we are, busy as ever, and BLAMMO! You catch a cold or the flu. Since I’m a mom and not a doctor, I can’t help you with the medical stuff. I’ll leave that to our House Call Doctor. I’m here to tell you about natural ways you can help prevent spreading the cold and flu within your family. Mostly I feel like I’m reminding you of all the things everyone else is telling you, but hey, a little reinforcement sure can’t hurt. And, as always, if you have additional tips, please leave them in the comments page on the transcript. We can all use as much help as possible when it comes to staying healthy!

Prevent the Spread of Flu with Cleanliness and Healthiness

Cleanliness is your first defense against germs. Germs are what make kids sick and kids come into contact with a lot of germs all of the time. Washing hands with soap and warm water is the most effective way to clean. Teach your children to wash their hands completely. Wash the fronts, backs, and in between all the fingers, and scrub up the arms to the elbows. This is a great time to practice singing the alphabet. Have kids wash while they sing. They should wash and scrub for the entire length of the song to ensure a complete cleaning. After rinsing, have your children dry their hands on a clean, dry towel, or a disposable paper towel. Children should wash up after using the restroom, blowing their nose, rubbing their eyes, eating, or coming into contact with other children or adults who may be sick. Common sense will let you know when a child needs a good hand-washing. When in doubt, it certainly can’t hurt to wash up.

The Invisible Germs Gotta Go!

While it may not be germ-infested, my son has a tendency to touch the car. He loves to run his hands along the side of the car and the tires. When his hand is good and black, it’s pretty obvious that he needs to wash. There are other much germier things that we don’t see after our kids spend time touching them. One example is the impulse-buying section of department and grocery stores-- you know, that little section where you check out. They stock it with gum, candy, beef jerky, and over-priced, mostly-broken toys. My kids are always picking up the yoyos and fake phones which are placed there for that exact reason! Do you think about how many other children have stood in that line and played with that toy? That’s probably why they are broken. I cringe when I see my children start toward those toys and steer them away as quickly as possible. I imagine those toys are just covered with nasty germs and I let my kids know it. Sometimes, willpower wins out over Mommy’s good advice. I turn my back to pay for groceries and hear my daughter telling her brother, “Mommy said not to touch it! Ewwww! Germs!” She’s extremely helpful.

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