dose of reality…


….sicknesses spread!
Mom’s we know this better then anyone else!
We know that “sick days” are going to come. Be it our babies, husband or ::cringe:: our selves! It’s our job as mom’s to take care of our families.

Here are a few ways I take care of my family during seasons of sickness. 

1. Familiarizing with illnesses
What does my child have? What are the symptoms? How long are they contagious? {Is it contagious at all?}, how can it be treated?

 

2. Prevent the Spread of Germs {Things we practice around our home.}

Cover nose and mouth when sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose. {my children have a difficult time with this. So, the easiest way we’ve found is for them to…cough & sneeze in their shirt.}
Discard tissues in the trash as soon as possible.
Always wash hands after sneezing, blowing  nose, or coughing, or after touching used tissues.

Have hand sanitizer in a convenient spot for “on the go” cleaning.

Change hand towels more frequently then normal when someone is sick.
Use warm water and soap to wash hands. I also keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse and our family vehicles for moments and places without access to water.
Try to stay home if you are sick. {Staying home keeps sicknesses from spreading!}
See doctor as soon as you can if you have a cough and fever. Follow their instructions. Take medicine as prescribed and get lots of rest.

 

Keeping germs away:
Wash hands before eating, or touching eyes, nose or mouth.
Wash hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose. 
Don’t share things like towels, lipstick, toys, or anything else that might be contaminated. 
Don’t share food, utensils or cups with others.

Disinfect

Diffuse germ fighting essential oils into the air.  {Lemon, Tee Tree, Eucalyptus are great germ busters for the air and for cleaning!}

Take Vitamins Daily. 

Eat Healthy.

Drink lots of water.


3. Teach children to keep their germs to themselves.
4. Remember the rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you!” Don’t share your sickies, unless you don’t mind getting sick. ;0) Be considerate and stay home if at all possible when sick. 
5. Have the courtesy to let others know you are sick. Let them decide whether or not they want to “hang around you.” Inform them you don’t want to spread the sickness around, leave it in their ball park if need be.
Go ahead and download the free Childhood Illness Charts {I keep mine on the side of my fridge.} It’s very handy for stopping the spread of germs. And or keeping them away completely!

What do you do help keep the germs away and at bay? I’d love to hear about them!

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