Tips to Keeping Your Family Healthy During Flu Season- #MC

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As the Winter season approaches the flu season is in full swing.  A cold is bad enough, but having the flu is miserable and I know it can be dangerous as well.  I’ve taken extra precautions to keep us healthy.  Lots of hand washing is a must, keeping tissues handy to stop the spread of germs (I just bought a 10pack at our warehouse store, as a matter of fact), and vaccinating is important as well.  My kids’ pediatrician always recommends they get the flu vaccine, and the kids are totally okay with that now that they can have the nasal spray vaccine rather than a shot. When we go for my 2 youngest boys’ well visit in September, I have all 4 of my kids vaccinated. 

I, on the other hand, have not always been the best about having my flu vaccination, and I’ve paid dearly.  Thankfully- though I was very sick and worthless to my family for a couple of days- I didn’t get the flu bad enough to hospitalize me. 

Did you know that the flu is the 10th most common reason for the hospitalization for children? This has risen significantly in the past 10 years, when it was the 65th most common reason.  There are so many things about the flu that you may not know, (I know I didn’t), but thanks to Elizabeth Pantley’s ebooklet, “A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season“, you can get more information on the flu and how to better protect your family.

First, how do you know when you or your child have something more serious than just the common cold? How do you know when it’s actually the flu?  Check for these symptoms:

-Moderate to high fever, lasting several days

-Chills

-Warm, flushed skin

-Cough

-Sneezing

-Sore Throat

-Runny or Stuffy Nost

-Moderate to severe body aches

-Mild to severe headache

-Mild to severe tiredness, weakness, or exhaustion

-Irritability

-Vomitting

-Diarrhea

-Red or watery eyes

Elizabeth mentions something in her book that I would love to scream from the rooftops, as it’s one of my biggest pet peeves: You should wait 24 hours after your child has no longer has a fever before sending him or her to school, daycare, social, or sporting events.  This goes for adults too!  It’s so important to prevent the spread of illness, and this is one easy way to help in that.  The minor inconvenience it may cause is well worth it if it prevents others from getting ill, especially if they react more adversely to it than you or your child did.

Another thing she talks about is something I know I need to better enforce with my kids because, while we try to be sure lots of hand-washing is going on, I know they aren’t always washing properly.  ‘Rub, scrub, and lather for 20 seconds’ is where I know they need to improve.  I love her idea of singing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice. 🙂

Check out the infographic below for more helpful information, and be sure to check out her ebooklet for full information.  Download it for future reference (just in case you need it)!

Flu Prevention Tips for Parents Infographic

 

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