Parents know that the flu can spread like wildfire from one child to another as soon as it’s entered the house. Dealing with one sick family member is challenging enough. Try to stop illness in its tracks and keep the rest of your family healthy by acting fast to isolate the germs, clean up your house, and encourage good habits for everyone under your roof.
Create a Separate Sick Space
Keep sick children isolated from others in the house as much as possible. Create a cozy recovery room for them, bringing books, movies, and other entertainment into their bedroom to encourage them to stay in bed and avoid too much mingling. Consider serving meals on a tray in their room and discourage leaving drinks or dishes around, as children may accidentally spread germs by picking up one another’s cups and utensils.

Create a wellness basket with everything your child needs to recover, including a thermometer, tissues, water bottles, and snacks. Set up a separate waste basket for dirty tissues and dispose of these as soon as they begin to accumulate, so the germs don’t have time to spread further.

Disinfect the House 

 Germs can linger on just about every surface imaginable. Do all you can to sanitize the house when a family member is sick. Make sure every bathroom is stocked with hand soap and paper towels. Keep hand sanitizer stationed liberally throughout the house as well.

Use a disinfectant cleaner on everything from your tables and counters to faucet handles, door knobs, television remotes, computers, and phones. Clean daily to keep germs at bay.

Clean Up Your Air
 

 Airborne germs are some of the most difficult to fight. You can’t see them, so it’s easy to forget that they’re there. You can make sure your standard HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible during this time by throwing away the old air filter and replacing it with a fresh clean one. An air purifier will take your efforts to the next level, helping you kill microscopic germs and allergens.

Serve a Healthy Diet
 

 Serve your family a healthy diet that will help support their immune systems with vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is particularly important. You can get this in citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes as well as red bell peppers. Broccoli is a powerful pick for immunity as well with ample A, C, and E vitamins, while spinach offers a nice combo of both A and C.

Include daily multivitamins for added support and encourage everyone to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Give each member of the family his or her own personal water bottle, so it’s easy to keep this essential drink on hand without accidentally sharing sips.

Though the occasional cold or flu bug is inevitable, there are many things that you can do to prevent the sickness from spreading. Keep sick family members out of school or work, at home, and away from others as much as possible until they’re better to keep illness isolated.

 


Comments

The best thing to do is keeping distance from the children or child and at the same time showing love towards them. Just because a child is sick, that does not mean that one should keep them in a room. The people around the house should be as normal as possible so that the innocent child would everything normal.

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