The title of this post pays homage to my little man’s recent encounter with croup (a viral infection that has a unique barking cough) that ended up spreading throughout the entire household, and my husband’s strange addiction to the series Breaking Bad (a former chemistry teacher with lung cancer becomes a meth dealer).
So I am pretty sure that my 1-year-old son contracted croup from his fellow compadres at daycare. Germs, especially daycare and school germs, are one of the few subcategory of gifts that keep on giving. Parents and students are not the only innocent victims, unfortunately teachers and staff feel the blunt force of the body aches, congestion and chest-splinting coughs that result from the infection reaping havoc on our bodies and immune system.
So what can you do in wake of another school year that has quickly come upon us, arm yourself using these tips.
1. Wash your hands. And I’m not talking about lathering on sanitizer like its lotion. I mean really wash your hands with soap and warm water.
2. Cover your cough…the right way. I think a quick tutorial is appropriate since I have seen some adults attempt this and ended up having spit on their shoes. When you sneeze or cough do so in the crease of the arm. Bend your arm with your hand on the opposite shoulder. Cough into the bend of your arm. Children should be taught this as well because unfortunately they are the hosts for some of these infections.
3. Disinfect infected areas. I know we are all trying to be green and do what’s right for the environment, but lemons and vinegar do not kill the flu virus or infectious diarrhea. Lysol is a great surface cleaner. Bleach works well also. Additionally, both of these companies claim to have “green” alternatives.
4. Sharing is not caring. If you or someone you know is ill or has symptoms this is the one time when refusing to share is not considered rude. Refrain from sharing utensils, drinks and kisses with those who are sick (i.e. adorable son and husband).
5. Trash it. After you’ve recovered from a week of snot and boogies the last thing you want is another week, so trash that toothbrush. Don’t re-infect yourself which then re-infects the entire household again then everyone misses school and work…you catch my drift.
So in closing, stopping the spread of germs starts with you. Actually it starts with your children but help them out!