Lysol, and cough drops oh my. We have all learned to expect the posters, educational flyers, even the lecture from our doctors to prepare for flu season. Whether you believe in the vaccine or not, one thing for sure is it is always good to take extra precautions during this season regardless.
Hand washing, especially after school- “have you washed your hands?”, “yea mom”, only to realize that their so called hand washing consisted of no more than running their hands through cold (that’s right I said cold) water, and not a drop of soap. Time to mommy up, and if you have to step in a few times and help them, well than help away. The general rule to a good hand washing is scrubbing your hands for a minimum of twenty seconds. And for the love of all things NO BAR SOAP. I have learned to loath bar soap, especially in a family of our size. 7 people using the same bar, and 5 of those 7 are children who may I say don’t exactly have perfect aim when wiping. For the sake of keeping the sharing of germs to a minimum stick to pump soap, at least for the duration of flu season.
Spray Disinfectant- yellow, blue, purple, white, the color options are endless, they even have some pretty scented ones, and if they weren't good already they even kill germs, that sell’s me every time. Yes, if you are just catching on now I am one of those germ obsessed moms who follow the children around with a can of Lysol and face mask on, I mean well doesn’t everyone do that? I always have at a minimum of 3 sprays (kitchen, bath, and one for everything else in between). I’m just going to throw in the disinfectant wipes while I’m on the topic. The wipes are great for keeping in the kitchen to quickly wipes counters, and drawers down. I especially love them to keep in the car.
Strip at the door- figuratively, not literally, unless you want curious eyes staring at you, and then of course be prepared for the unanswerable questions along the lines of “mommy what’s that?”. By leaving the bags, jackets, shoes, etc. at the door your bringing less germs into the house. And this my friends is where that extra spray can of disinfectant comes in handy. Give it all a nice spritz down.
Disposables- so I generally try to be as green as I can, we use reusable everything. Even when it comes to the children’s lunch, however flu season brings a different tune into our home. It is no longer reusable’s but instead a large supply of disposables: juice boxes, disposable water bottles, plastic sandwich bags, etc. imagine having to wipe down the lunch bags, and sanitize all of these things every day, there simply isn’t enough time in the day. We even utilize disposables within the home, paper plates, cups, utensils, etc. unless it is a fancy dinner party, paper and plastic it is.
Be Prepared- there is nothing worse in this world than having a sick baby in the middle of the night and no medicine. When Flu season comes creeping up make sure to start adding to the stock pile of things that may come in handy. Some of my top tools include
Disposable plastic bucket
Vaporizer (I especially like the Vicks brand, it really helps the kids with the coughs)
We already got slammed with the stomach virus and flu combo. No fun at all but it actually was lifesaving that we had a lot of the needed tools on hand.
Divide and conquer- no need to spread the love when it comes to being sick. In our home if one child is down for the count one parent is designated to that child, and the other children are either sent to Grandma’s house, or strict orders are put in place for everyone to stay in their own corners.
Below is the link for the CDC Flu page. They offer statistics, preventative care, Q and A, if you are looking for something they are sure to have it. I often take a look at the CDC for the FLU coverage, and to see the prevalence in my area. The great thing about their website is that the data is frequently updated, as well as the statistics.
Getting sick is unavoidable, sometimes it is just going to happen. Taking the right precautionary measures, and hoping for the best but preparing for the worst can never hurt.
Mommsie Knows Best