As the kids are going back to school, and we are nearing fall, it seems like this is the prime time for someone to get sick in our household. We all have pretty bad allergies, and in the Midwest the fall is usually when the farmers harvest the crops and all of the allergens are left flying through the air.
Because I can’t limit our time spent outdoors in the fall, there are several steps that I take to ensure that we are ready for this season.
1. I try to keep the house clean.
This might sound like a no-brainer, but is essential in keeping your family healthy. I make sure to dust more often so that we don’t have an extra irritant in our home if someone should come down with a cold. I also use disinfectant wipes and keep all of the doorknobs, countertops, and tables wiped down to limit the spread of germs between one another.
2. I enforce hand-washing . . . always.
We wash our hands before we eat, after we play with the animals, and after we come in from outside. The less contact we have with germs, the better. Especially when our hands often come in contact with our mouth and nose.
3. I have taught my family where to sneeze.
Yes, this might sound a little control-freakish, but sneezing spreads germs quickly. Did you know that one of the best places to sneeze is into the inside of your arm? Of course, when you are three, it is hard to enforce this rule, but we are making sure to teach her to cover her mouth and wash her hands afterward. It’s a work in progress.
4. Cover your mouth when you cough.
This is something that my mom repeated to me ALL THE TIME. Even as an adult. Now that I have a child, I realize how important it is because illness can spread so quickly when you are in close quarters with others. We practice covering our mouth when we cough and washing our hands afterward.
5. Maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise.
This one has been hard for me over the years because I am a work-a-holic. However, by making sure that your family is getting all of the proper vitamins and nutrients through food, and are staying active, you can actually ward-off sickness. Not only that, but I’ve noticed that when I am eating right and exercising, my sickness doesn’t hang around as long as it used to.
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