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Germs In Your Home

Do you know that children are more likely to pick up harmful germs and bacteria from their own homes than from any place else?

When a child gets a cold, the flu, or other illnesses, most parents immediately think that the virus came from somewhere other than their own home, like the babysitter's home, the school, the day care providers, or the playground. This is true in many cases, but in reality, children are more likely to pick up harmful germs and bacteria from their own home than from any place else.

Many people are under the assumption that they live in a clean and sanitary environment, which is not always the case. They would never, in their wildest dreams, think that their homes are infested with germs, but studies confirm that homes are a haven for germs and bacteria.

Germs settle and grow rapidly on surfaces that provide them with a place to breed and multiply. All a child, or an adult, has to do is touch a germ infested door knob, faucet, refrigerator handle, a kitchen sink, a toilet bowl lid, or a toy that has been infected, then wipe his mouth or rub his eyes with his hands.

Germs are very easy to transport from one location to another, most notably on the finger tips. Some germs become airborne and travel rapidly by a sneeze or a cough. Airborne germs can pass from room to room in a matter of seconds and can settle on just about any surface, or they can be inhaled directly from the air.

Listed below are some tips for keeping your home germ free and your family healthy during a bad flu and cold season.

  • Disinfect toys and other items that your child may come in contact with by wiping them down with a mild disinfectant. Rinse with warm water and let dry before they are used again.
  • Have your children wash their hands before picking up toys and after they have played with them.
  • Teach your children to cover their mouths and noses when they cough or sneeze.
  • Your children should also be taught to wash their hands after using the rest room.
  • A healthy diet is very important because it boosts the immune system to help fight cold and flu viruses. Green leafy vegetables, a variety of fruits and nuts, and fresh fish are excellent foods that should be eaten to help fight diseases.
  • Always was your hands before preparing food, especially raw meat and vegetables.
  • Wash your hands before and after eating a meal or snack and refrain from putting your fingers in your mouth.
  • Vitamin C and other vitamins and other supplements can be taken to ward off colds and the flue, but before putting your child on any type of medicine, even vitamins, it is highly recommended that you consult their physician first.
  • Disinfect cutting boards, kitchen sinks, and counter tops with a mild bleach.
  • Keep bathrooms sanitized, especially toilets and sinks.

Remember, germs thrive in warm, comfortable environments, especially when it's cold outside. A cozy home is where germs tend to grow and multiply rapidly. You can and should take preventive measures to keep your family germ free, not just during cold and flu seasons, but all year long.

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