This year the flu has been more widespread than I have seen it in quite sometime. During cold and flu season it’s prime germ time. As a parent I want to make sure I am doing everything I can to keep my kids germ (and flu) free.
Here are a few tips to remember for preventing the flu (or other colds):
- Practice Good Hygiene for at Least a Week After a Cold. Cold viruses can be found in nasal secretions of children for two to three weeks after the onset of symptoms. That’s a long time for an unwanted guest to stick around!
- Keep Your Immune System Healthy. Studies show that maintaining a healthy body weight with proper nutrition reduces risks of infection, and also may prevent inflammation (potentially damaging immune system hyperactivity).
- Keep Up on Cold and Flu Germs. Colds are most infectious during the first two to four days people are infected. And you can’t outrun their germs: droplets from sneezes can travel at a velocity of 45 miles per hour and cover a distance of 10 feet. Wash your hands and face regularly; when soap and water is not available use Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes to kill bacteria on your hands.
- Don’t Touch Your Face. Most cold viruses are spread by contact with surfaces through “self-inoculation” when hands pick up cold viruses, and then touch the nose or eyes to start an infection. In fact, a study of kids showed that a program to discourage touching the face reduced colds by nearly half.
Those are just a few suggestions for avoiding the flu (or a cold) during the sick season. Keeping hands germ free is a big part of protecting yourself and while washing with soap and water is best, it’s not always possible. Which is exactly why it’s best to have Wet Ones on hand.
When soap and water are not available, Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes are an effective alternative to clean hands and prevent the spread of germs. Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes are proven to be just as effective as gel hand sanitizers in killing 99.99 percent of germs, but they also clean better than hand sanitizer gels, wiping away dirt and messes without drying out skin like alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
I love how perfect the single packets are for sending with my kids to school should they need to clean up but are not near a sink. They fit perfectly in my purse so I can have them on the go. Whether I am taking the steps mentioned above or using Wet Ones, I can assure you I am taking every precaution to make sure my family stays healthy this cold and flu season.
What are some tips you have for avoiding a cold or the flu?
**I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador Program for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.