Thursday, October 21, 2004

Flu season is coming!

It seems with all the media hype, many people are much more stressed about the flu than usual. As we try to be good citizens and only let those who are considered "high risk" receive the shot, what do the rest of us do?

Funny thing, just a few short years back, there wasn't a flu shot and many of us weathered the season just fine. But now we have children and it's become a different experience for us. How can we keep them safe?

I was reading in November's "Parenting" magazine some ideas and one stood out so simply.

WASH YOUR HANDS!

It's too simple one might think, but many of us just don't do it. Wash after changing a baby's diaper. Wash before eating. Wash after eating. Of course you know to wash after going to the bathroom. WASH, WASH, WASH!

Teach your kids to spend enough time rubbing in that all important soap by singing the ABC's. Scientists tell us a good wash takes about 15 seconds, the time it takes to sing the ABC's. No need for antibacterial soap, flu is a virus it isn't caused by bacteria. Just regular soap will do.

So, instead of sitting back and feeling helpless while politicians play the blame game, take pre-emptive action and act wisely.

Other suggestions of note:

  • Sneeze into the crook of your elbow instead of your hands.
  • If your sick, or your kids are sick, REST and stay away from others if possible, no point in spreading it.
  • Drink plenty of water, your body needs it anyway.
  • Be sure not to rub your eyes or put your hand to your mouth if you have come in contact with another's sneeze or tissue.


1 Comments:

At October 25, 2004 at 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paula,
You took the words right out of my mouth. I grew up without a flu shot and did just fine. Another suggestion to washing hands for kids is to buy those premoistened hand wipes. They have them in the picnic or paper goods isle in the stores and of course on the baby isle. I have them both up and downstairs here.
Kathy W.

 

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