Sick Kids, Healthy Parents
Get tips for staying healthy when your kids become walking germs.
Hey there! You’re listening to the Mighty Mommy with some quick and dirty tips for practical parenting.
Dan in New Jersey writes
When my two girls (ages 2 and 6) get sick they want to be held. At the time, I am happy to hold and comfort them whether it be stomach flu or fever, but then a few days later I get what they had, but usually worse and for longer. Fortunately my wife and I never get sick on the same day so there is always at least one healthy adult to keep things going. But I am wondering if the Mighty Mommy avoids getting what her kids have, and if so what is her secret!
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Well, Dan, no. I’m not always entirely successful. I have been known to catch whatever ailment my children are carrying. I have been fairly lucky though that the illnesses have been few and far between. I don’t have any secrets, but I can share some tips that will help cut down on the passing of illnesses.
Wash Your Hands
Cleanliness is one of the key elements in keeping illnesses at bay. You’ll hear it all the time and I’m simply going to repeat it: wash your hands. Wash them often and completely with soap and water. Use clean towels or disposable towels to dry them. As a general rule, I’ve heard it’s best to wash your hands under warm water with liquid or bar soap, and to rub your hands together for about the length of time it takes to sing the alphabet. You certainly can’t wash them too long, but you do need to wash them long enough to kill and rinse away the germs. Another thing you may want to remember is that if you turned your faucet on with your pre-washed hands, you may want to turn it off using a towel. You can also use anti-bacterial hand-gels or towelettes, but keep in mind that over-use of anti-bacterial products can be dangerous for young children. Please keep these products out of the reach of children. You’ll also want to be sure to regularly clean the hands and face of your sick little one. Not only will it help limit the spreading of germs, but everyone feels better when they are clean. If your children are old enough, encourage them to use a tissue, towel, or at least their hands as a shield when they are coughing or sneezing.