Winter is known as flu season for a reason. it seems like in the cold months everyone is sick. There are some things that you can do to help you and your family stay healthier this flu season. Just follow these tips.
Wash Your Hands
Germs are spread by touching something germy then touching your face. You can’t avoid touching all door handles, tables, and other public surfaces. You can’t control whether people go out when they are sick and spread germs. The one thing you can control is whether you spread the germs to your face or not. The best way to do that is to wash your hands often. Don’t touch your face without washing your hands. Use hot water and soap. If you don’t have a sink available, you can use hand sanitizer.
Kids tend to be worst about spreading germs. Teach your kids to wash their hands before they eat and regularly throughout the day. Get them a hand sanitizer in a cute holder that they can put on the outside of their backpack so they always have access.
Boost Your Immune System
Your immune system can help you to avoid getting sick even if you come in contact with germs. How do you get a healthy and strong immune system? One of the best things you can do is to make sure that you eat healthily and get enough water. you don’t have to eat broccoli for every meal, but just make sure you’re eating a balanced diet. Carry around a water bottle so that you can drink whenever you get are thirsty.
Also, make sure that you’re getting enough sleep and exercise. Aim for 7-8 hours a night of sleep. Get 30 minutes of exercise a day, even if that’s walking around the neighborhood. You’ll feel better, and your immune system will get a boost to help keep you healthy.
Keeping Your Home Clean
Germs will get bought into your home on your clothes, shoes, and hands, and even in the air. You need to be more diligent about keeping your home clean in the germy season. Be sure to wash your clothes and linens frequently. Anytime you handle dirty laundry, especially things like kids’ school clothes, wash your hands thoroughly after. Wipe down the places that you touch a lot, like the doorknobs and light switches with a disinfectant every day.
Carpets and rugs trap germs and allergens and prevent them from circulating through your home, but after a while, they get full and start releasing them back into the air. A professional carpet cleaning service like Southside Chem-Dry will give them a deep clean and remove those germs or allergens from your home, keeping it fresh and healthy. Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process has been tested and proven by a leading independent air quality laboratory to remove an average of 89% of airborne bacteria from the home when combined with a sanitizer.
Take Care When You Do Get Sick
If you or one of your children does get sick, do whatever you can to keep from spreading it to others. The best way to keep others from getting sick is to not expose them in the first place. If you’re sick, stay home! Move away from people before coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue if possible, then throw it away immediately. If a tissue isn’t available, use the vampire cough. Hold your upper arm against your mouth and nose, covering them both, as though you’re holding a cape to cover your face, like a vampire from the movies.
DIf you are feeling really sick, see a doctor! Many people try to convince themselves and others that they’re not sick. They don’t want to be seen as weak, or they feel like they’re overreacting. But a doctor can help you get better and keep from spreading the sickness to others.
You should definitely see a doctor if:
- You have a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
- Your symptoms last more than 10 days.
- Your symptoms are severe or unusual.
- You have a child younger than 3 month old who has a fever.
We hope that these tips will help you to keep your family healthier this winter!