As a parent, we have plenty of things to worry about. One of the big fears we deal with is germs.
While most of the germs your child comes in contact with aren’t especially dangerous, they will make your little one sick, which isn’t fun for anyone.
Here are some tips to prevent germs from spreading around.
1. Keep a sick kid home – Many of us had parents that sent us to school even when we were on our death-bed, but this isn’t advisable. For one, your child can spread his/her germs to the class. Second, without proper rest, your child will be sick longer, and not performing in school. A day off is the better solution.
2. Lots of hand washing – It sounds simple, but hand washing is the most effective way to stop the spread of germs. Our hands interact with the world more than any other part of our body, so it’s no surprise that clean hands won’t pass on germs. Teach proper technique with soap and hot water for 20 seconds. Most importantly, teach when to wash: after using the bathroom, after touching an animal, after playing outside, after touching garbage, and before eating food.
3. Teach about germ-spreading – A fun experiment is to coat your hand in glitter or hand sanitizer or flour. These are your “germs.” Then, have everyone shake hands to show how easily the germs spread around. That will teach them the importance of hand-washing and being careful how they contact people.
4. Maintain good diaper changing habits – Dirty diapers are a potential hazard, especially if one child is sick. I know it’s convenient to change a diaper wherever you can wrangle your kid, but it’s best to have a diaper changing spot (like a changing table) where no one else plays.
5. No food sharing – It’s best that children do not share from one another’s plates or cups. I know this is a tall order, especially if you have multiple kids who don’t sit still. But taking bites from one another’s food and sharing straws is a great way to pass germs.
6. Avoid cooking – If you’re not feeling well, you shouldn’t be the one making food. This is a lot of ask of some parents, but do what you can. Lean on your spouse for help,
7. Get rid of those tissues – If you or a child is going through a lot of tissues, make sure to dispose of them right away. Those are literally full of germs that a playful little one could get into.
8. Don’t go crazy – You could spend all your time following your child around with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, but that isn’t good for anyone. Being sick occasionally is a part of life. Our children need to come in contact with germs occasionally so they build strong immune systems. Don’t worry too much about it all.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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