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.