Do you know how to stay healthy when the kids are sick? At the moment, we are right in the middle of flu season, which means that most of us have at least one person in the home who is feeling under the weather. While it is terrible to have sick kids and sick partners, if you are the glue that holds the household together, you cannot afford a sick day.

How to stay healthy when the kids are sick

How to Stay Healthy When the Kids Are Sick

But besides donning a hazmat suit for the rest of the season, what can you really do to keep yourself healthy? Below are a few simple tips to follow to help improve your chances of making it through flu season unscathed.

Get Militant with the Hand Washing

And this goes for everyone in the house. Many illnesses, especially stomach bugs, can remain contagious long after symptoms are gone. Practice good handwashing, including using hot water, washing for at least a minute each time, and cleaning up onto the wrists and upper arms.

Do a Daily Scrub on the Dirtiest Areas

Focus on the bathroom and baby changing areas. Use a quality cleaner and make sure you get all the spots you might usually miss. In addition, disinfect door handles at least once a day.

Use Hot Water for Cleaning

Dishes, clothes, the floors—go hot with the water. If you have a dishwasher, you should be good on the dishes. The warmer the water, the more germs it will kill. You can always switch back in a month or so.

Clean Toys Regularly

The easiest way to protect yourself is to protect the kids, so disinfecting toys is key. Do you need to do it every day? No, but doing small amounts daily will make it easier on you. Once a week is good during flu season.

Don’t Share

Kids love to share. Or rather, they love it when you share with them. But you don’t want those little mouths on your food and drink during this season. Start a no sharing rule in the house and keep your drinks and food items put up and out of reach so little ones cannot sneak sips and bites.

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March 16, 2016

How to Stay Healthy When the Kids are Sick

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