It’s not too late to get your flu shot and protect your family from influenza. Heidi and Megan had the option of the flu shot or the flu mist, but because the mist is a live flu strain and we are around babies, we opted for the shot instead. Now that my girls are getting older they know the routine and request what it is they need:
Wash those hands long and often!
I can’t say it enough: Wash, wash, wash those HANDS especially if you are sick to help keep everyone else stay healthy! Wash long and often, especially after touching your eye, nose, mouth; before and after eating; coughing and sneezing; and of course, after the bathroom. I still listen to the sound of the water and if I don’t think it was long enough I will say definitely say something!
Make a Steam Room!
Shut the door, run the shower to create a warm sauna room upon entry. The girls love soaking in the whirlpool tub or take an extra long shower that helps to open up clogged airways. I have a television in our master bath room (my way of seeing the news without alarming my kids – especially during 9/11) so they enjoy watching TV as they soak in the whirlpool tub inside their steamy sauna room!
Hot Chocolate or Soup!
It’s a family tradition for hot chocolate and something to dip depending on how sick they feel: toast, graham crackers or cookies! How about some Chicken Noodle Soup! It really does work!
Gargle with Salt Water or Nasal Rinse
You know they don’t feel good when they request to gargle with a mixture of warm water and salt or a nasal rinse. We have a nasal rinse kit from the drug store. It has a salt solution packet that you add warm water; it comes with a spoon to mix and a special genie shaped bottle that you pour in one nostril to drain out the other nostril. It sounds gross but it really does work. Have plenty of tissue on hand because you will definitely be in need of blowing to clear and clean passages!
Cuddle Time and a Movie or Book with Mom!
We curl up on the sofa and watch a movie or read books together for a few hours of cuddle time. I make them sleep for a few hours while I work in my home office and only after I feel that they got enough extra rest, I allow them to have homework, play, books, crafts, laptop, iPod and/or television time!
Wash, wash, wash those HANDS and stay healthy for the holiday season!!!
What is your secret tip to keep your family healthy?? Leave a comment and keep us all healthy!