3 Steps To Shoo The Flu

Oh the holidays are here…a time of love and cheer. A time to visit with family and good friends—and then there’s that one unwelcome visitor: the flu.

We’ve pulled together 3 easy tips to keep you and your little (and not-so-little) ones happy, healthy and germ-free this season, so your family can soak up all that this magical time of year has to offer!

Fighting the flu may not be easy as 1-2-3…but taking preventative actions can be.

1. Wash Your Hands

Do you know how long you’re supposed to wash your hands in order to rid them of germs?

The answer is 20 seconds. Good hand-washing habits can make all the difference when it comes to staying healthy and flu-free. Teach your children! Have them wash their hands frequently with soap and water. A fun and effective trick to ensure they wash long enough is to get them in the habit of humming the Happy Birthday song as they wash. The length of the song is the perfect amount of time to ensure the soap has ample time to annihilate germs!

Teach your kids to:

  • WASH their hands whenever they’re dirty and ALWAYS before eating
  • NOT cough or sneeze into their hands—Sneezing or coughing into the crook of their elbow is the best alternative
  • NOT put their fingers into their eyes, nose or mouth

2. Take Care: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

It’s true! We don’t know who originally spoke these words of wisdom, but whoever she (or he!) is, they’re right. Make sure your family eats a balanced diet, one rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Drink plenty of fluids and get your exercise. Taking care of your body is especially important this time of year, because the body needs to be in optimal condition in order to fight off infection.

3. Be Vigilant

Keep germ-prone surfaces in your home clean and germ-free. Some of the most common places for germs to hide and spread include:  the phone, doorknobs, and the handles of toilets and sinks.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, germs sometimes win the battle. If your child has a fever or other flu-like symptoms, keep them home from school or daycare at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided (and that’s without medications!). Trust us, other parents will thank you!

Did you and your family get flu shots this year?

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