How to Help Prevent Spreading Germs at Home

toddler with runny noseTaking care of a sick toddler or grade-schooler can cause considerable worry and concern. Taking care of two sick children can be even more worrisome. When a child or other member of the household falls ill, trying to guard against or contain the germs may not be easy but can be done.

Germs can spread in various ways, including by:

  • Touching a contaminated object or surface
  • Eating unwashed fruits or vegetables
  • Inhaling germs that are in the air

However, even with the best of intentions and taking every possible precaution, a child could still get sick, since some infections and maladies can be contagious even before noticeable symptoms appear.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each of us can help guard against the spread of germs by remembering to:

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, preferably with a disposable tissue or, even better, with the crook of an arm – and teach children to do the same.
  • Throw out used tissues immediately after use. Be sure to use a garbage or trash container.
  • Wash hands often, using soap and warm water. Make sure that your children wash their hands often as well.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face, including mouth, eyes and nose.
  • Clean /disinfect surfaces that you touch frequently, such as door knobs.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Eat healthful, vitamin-filled foods.

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