Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

This morning when I read about the opportunity to write a blog post about keeping your family cold and flu free, I almost didn’t feel like I was worthy to participate. Here we are, Paisley has had a fever for 3 days, I’m so ready for her to be healthy and last night, I was asking for prayer for her on facebook. But, the reality is that most of the time, my family is super healthy and I’m so thankful for that. Just this morning I was thinking about how blessed I am to have children that are healthy most of the time and don’t have any strange medical conditions. Health isn’t something to be taken for granted!

If someone was to ask me for advice on how to keep their family cold and flu free, off the top of my head, I would suggest a few things. 

1. Wash you and your child’s hands frequently. Washing hands with soap and warm water after going to the bathroom, before eating and after coming in from playing outside seems so obvious, right? Well, the truth is, there are lots of people out there that aren’t doing it. Have you ever noticed how many people don’t wash their hands after using a public restroom? Because those people aren’t washing their hands, that’s an even better reason to use sanitizer when you get into your car after being in the grocery store and use sanitizing wipes to wipe off the handle on your shopping cart. 

2. Get plenty of rest. Getting enough sleep is so important for your immune system. Not only does sleep keep you healthy, it also improves your mood and your ability to think clearly. My children’s sleep is a big priority of mine but, sometimes I don’t allow myself to get the rest I need. This is something I need to work on. 

3. Eat enough fruits, vegetable and whole grains. Eating a healthy diet will help your immune system. We also take a multi-vitamin but, I don’t depend on that vitamin for our nutrition. 

4. Keep your house clean but, not too clean. I wipe down surfaces that are touched often with sanitizing wipes. Some of these surfaces are door knobs, light switches, kitchen faucet handle, refrigerator handle, counters and of course, toilet seats. I try to keep our home fairly clean but, it isn’t perfect and I think it’s good for the immune system to be exposed to a few germs. For example, I’m totally ok with my son going out and getting filthy dirty in the backyard. I just change his clothes and wash his hands when he comes back inside and he’s as good as new. 

Keeping your family cold and flu free can make life so much more fun. We can try to be as healthy as possible and keep things clean but, sometimes our kids will still get sick. I believe that my efforts to keep my family healthy do help. Although Paisley is right now recovering from having a fever, I’m thankful for my (usually) healthy children.

************I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Lysol blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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