Flu season seems to be hitting everyone hard and, for my family, this year has been no exception. Gabrielle, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, understands what a hardship the flu can have on families and is offering up five ways to stop the flu in its tracks today on the blog. Take a look…
Five Ways to Stop the Flu in its Tracks
The flu epidemic has hit our nation hard this year. Unfortunately, the Kansas City area was not spared. As caregivers, we are often hit the hardest when illness enters our homes. There is no way to completely germ-proof our homes, but there are a few things we can do (besides washing our hands).
#1 Disinfect Common Surfaces
Sure, we all wipe down our counters when we clean the kitchen. But there are a few places that even the tidiest of moms could forget about. For instance, wiping down the refrigerator door handle should become a common practice. Every person in my house has their fingerprints on that surface. The same goes for door knobs, and cabinet door handles. Electronic devices are another place where germs might be passed amongst siblings. Disinfect phones and other handheld devices. Wipe down those video game controls and the TV remote while you’re at it. Use the dishwasher to disinfect silverware and cups if you have one. If not, tossing a little bleach in the dishwater might not be a bad idea.
#2 Take it Outside
Wastebaskets fill up fast when someone in the household is sick. Take the garbage out as often as necessary, and don’t just empty it all in the big waste basket. Tie it up in plastic and place it in a bin away from the house. So many of these illnesses are airborne. One misplaced tissue could cost you a week’s work of down time.
#3 Keep Remedies in Stock
Many pharmacies are sold out of common flu and cold remedies now. It’s a good idea to pick some up if you see it, even if no one is sick at the moment. I’ve heard tales of parents driving to 3-4 different pharmacies trying to find medication. If over-the-counter medications will work to soothe your ailing loved ones, absolutely take advantage of them.
#4 Stay Away From Sick People
It seems obvious, but the best way to not get the flu is to stay away from people who have the virus. The CDC and every health agency in the world is screaming at people to stay home if they are sick. As a caretaker, if you have to care for someone who is fighting the illness, wear a mask and gloves and whatever protective gear you can find. Don’t share food or drinks with sick kiddos, no matter how badly the toddler tries to feed you some of her Cheerios.
#5 Don’t Ignore Symptoms
If you think you might be sick, go to the doctor. Early detection and treatment are extremely important when fighting the flu.
Stay healthy. People are counting you.
From iFamily to Yours,