Children get sick...often. It's often the worst-case scenario when it then circulates through the entire family. Whether they've been attending child care or preschool, going on playdates frequently, or attending an active class, there seems to be no avoiding the flu come flu season. But there are things to do to avoid getting sick yourself.
With the amount of energy it takes to balance work life and home life, the last thing you, the parent/guardian needs, is to get sick- especially if you have to care for your little one. So, read ahead for 10 steps to take in order to avoid getting the flu, too.
10 Wash Your Hands
When you're a parent, it's incredibly hard not to come into contact with the germs that your child is providing right now. If they are sick, it's important for you to continuously wash your hands.
Whether it's due to the fact that you are touching a toy that he/she/they were just playing with or you're preparing a meal for them but had just removed their clothing to go potty, it's imperative that you wash your hands to ensure you do not transfer their germs.
9 Wash Their Hands
This may be an even more difficult task to perform: washing your sick child's hands. Whether you have to bathe them any chance you get or bring out the hand sanitizer, depending on your child's age, they may put up a fight now that you're ensuring they wash their hands after every move.
The hands are incredibly dirty and frankly touch everything. When your child is sick, the hands are often coughed in, rubbed by their noses and scratching their eyes. It's vital to ensure they're washing their hands constantly.
8 Don't Share Utensils
This one may sound like a no-brainer but when you're in a busy moment, you may use their cups or utensils by mistake. It's very important not to share the sick child's utensils, plates and/or cups if they are carrying the flu.
It may be hard, especially when you're multi-tasking a billion things during snack and meal time, but it's very important to ensure these germs do not go straight into your system.
7 Teach Them The Cough Trick
At an incredibly young age, it's important to teach your child to cough into the inside of their elbow. Often, we see the general public, both big and small, either sneezing and/or coughing into the air or into their hands.
If they do so into the air, the germs freely spread. If they cough and/or sneeze into their hands, whether they're going to wash their hands directly after or not, they will surely pass their germs onto someone else. If you teach your child to sneeze and/or coughs inside of their arm, they will not spread their sickness as easily to you.
6 Take Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry syrup is a great way to boost immunity and provide the body additional antioxidants to ensure that the flu that's going around does not attack you. Within this article, medical professionals recommend taking elderberry syrup during cold and flu systems to avoid getting sick. It even explains how this magical and natural syrup can lower stress levels and inflammation. We recommend speaking with your doctor before consuming elderberry syrup, especially if you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding.
5 Keep Hydrated
Drinking plenty of fluids while your child is sick can be incredibly important. Ensuring that you are flushing your body often will ensure that any sickness that enters your body may leave quickly due to the amount of water you are consuming.
Drinking a lot of water will not only prevent sickness, but it will also tighten your energy for your busy day ahead. When you have a sick toddler to take care of, the last thing you need is low energy. So drink up!
4 Avoid Public Places
If your child is sick, the chances of it circulating the general public is quite high. Whether you are carrying the germs or not, you will want to avoid the general public to ensure you don't pass it to anyone else and that you do not pick up a separate strain and get it, too. When you're avoiding the flu, avoid public spaces. You don't want to get sick.
3 Disinfect Washroom
The washroom will be a place where your poor, sick child will return to time and time again while they're fighting a flu. Whether it's to blow their nose or to go number two, the washroom is a hoarding zone for flu germs while they're sick.
It's important to wipe down any surface area that comes in contact with their body. From the toilet bowl to the hand towel, you'll want to clean the bathroom top to bottom as frequently as you think.
2 Get Fresh Air
While your toddler is sick, it's understandable if you're home all day caring for them. From making their meals and cuddling their poor, sick bodies, being home with the child is absolutely understandable. However, it's important for you to get out when you can. Whether you have a partner to watch the child when you go for a walk or you call in a friend to be home while they nap, it's vital to get fresh air. Don't breathe in those sicky-germs 24/7. It's vital to breathe in some fresh air in order to lower your chances of getting sick.
1 Get Enough Rest
While your child is sick, you're likely running around the house trying to care for them. Between cooking hot soup and running to get medication, the parent of a sick toddler rarely has a chance to catch their breath. With this said, this truth may be a nice reminder for the parent to relax. To breathe. To rest. Yes, rest. While your toddler lays in bed watching a movie, perhaps you should, too. If you take on too much, you may pick up the illness that you've been trying to avoid this entire time.