It was just a few short weeks ago that three of my kids were pretty sick with the flu. Here we are, mid-December, and ALL FOUR of my kids have a nasty cough. And I mean, it's a nasty cough!
My youngest son missed school Monday and Tuesday this week. He thought he was feeling well enough to attend school yesterday, but I got a phone call before the day was over that he was in the nurse's office. =0(
What's worse is that this is their last week of school before their Christmas Winter Break, so I'm sure he really tried to go to school so as not to miss out on the "last week of school" festivities. Gotta give my poor little guy some credit for trying. He's home again today, and we'll see how he's doing for tomorrow.
Baby Girl is super sick with the same nasty cough. After going to the Urgent Care Center yesterday, she has to have some antibiotics too. It's such a bummer, because my kids seem to get sick no matter what we do. They've had their flu shots, but three out of four caught the flu this year!
And now, I can already start to feel that tingle in my throat letting me know that it's about to be sore. The cough is starting for me, and I can only hope I don't get super sick...Wish me luck with that.
How can you stay healthy when everyone around you is sick?
One thing that we learned when my oldest daughter was at daycare and preschool is to "catch our coughs," using the inside of our elbows. There are even "Cover Your Cough" posters that you usually see in the doctor's offices or other places (one shown above). Have you seen them? You can download the poster and share it in your home or with the community - just CLICK HERE. It's available in 13 languages.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has some good resources. Lots of information is for health care professionals, but there are some for the general public as well. There's A Guide for Parents about The Flu with some helpful prevention tips on Page 2. I also found the Cover Your Cough poster from a link within the CDC website. =0)
People still cover their mouths with their hands, so I think it's important to spread the word. It's easy for us adults to revert back to what we were taught (using our hands), which makes it all the more important to teach our kids the right way to "catch your cough" the newer way.
Another thing that comes in handy...Hand Sanitizer! It can be a real life-saver during cold and flu season. We use an alcohol-free variety (safer for small children and great for sensitive skin - like our eczema). Here's one of our favorites from Babyganics (shown in Tangerine scent, but we buy unscented). There's another brand new brand of alcohol-free that we've just tried, but I'm saving that post for another day.
Next, let's talk disinfecting! Each year, we try to donate some disinfectant spray or wipes to my kids' classrooms. As the class is getting ready to end the day, clean up is a part of the routine. They often wipe down their desks, and disinfectant wipes are a favorite among teachers. Babyganics has some great all-purpose surface wipes, but there's also good ole Lysol disinfectant spray too. =0)
How do you prevent colds and the flu? Do you get sick every year, no matter how hard you try not to?
Just remember what we always tell our kids (and ourselves)...Catch your cough!
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