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The dreaded cold and flu season is here. Jon has been sick on and off for the past few months, and somehow Ryder and I escaped the nasty colds he has had. It finally crept up on me last week, and I’m slowly recovering. The stomach bug and colds are going around at a few of the mommy and me weekly meet-ups Ryder and I attend. No one likes to be sick (especially mama-bear), so today I’ve gathered 5 ways to help you better prepare for cold and flu season. Most are a given and some of the tips are just things that we all tend to forget about.
- Wash your hands often. This is kind of a given but so many people forget to do this and do this often. I feel like I over wash my hands but with having a baby you can never be too cautious. And each time Jon is sick I’m reminding him to wash his hands as often as possible before picking up Ryder!
- Cover your mouth and nose. This is another given and something that I’m sure your parents taught you early on in life. If you have a tissue on hand it’s best to cough or sneeze into a tissue. This will help you from spreading germs and getting others sick.
- Change your air filter at least every 3 months. Using a Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filter (MPR 1900) is just one of the things you can do to help create a cleaner, fresher and healthier home because it attracts and captures airborne particles that can carry bacteria and viruses. It is effective at capturing 93% of large airborne particles such as dust, pollen and mold spores from the air passing through the filter. It also attracts and captures allergens like pet dander, smoke and household dust.
- Get moving! Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you can’t go outside for a little exercise. The fresh air will do you good and keep you from being cooped up in the house. Even if it’s just building a snowman or even shoveling snow it’s getting you outside and moving. Plus, who doesn’t like a little vitamin D?
- Clean frequently used surfaces often. We like to wipe down our kitchen at the end of each day. It’s the one part of the house we use all the time. We also like to disinfect the bathroom counters at least once a week if not every few days. And when someone in our home is sick we are disinfecting them daily (and maybe at times hourly)! These are the two most used places in the home that can get the dirtiest and carry bacteria and viruses. You especially want to clean the surfaces if someone is ill in your home (and do it frequently until they are healthier).
I hope that my tips will help you combat cold and flu season. Do you have a tip that I didn’t mention? Leave it in the comments below.
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source: CDC http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm