When I was a kid, I was always sick. I missed a lot of school because I got sick so often, and while I was lucky that it didn’t hurt my grades, I still hated it because my friends were at school & I missed a lot with them when I was gone.
Because of this, it’s especially important to me to keep Shane away from other kids when he’s even just the tiniest bit sick. If my classmates’ parents would have kept them home when they were sick, I wouldn’t have gotten sick so much. &As a parent, I feel like it’s my responsibility to stop the chain of sickness when it gets to my son.
That’s why whenever we’re sick, we stay home- and when we aren’t, we protect ourselves by using Wet Ones whenever we touch something that strangers- who could be carrying viruses- touch, like the gas pump, shopping carts, or even hand rails for stair cases.
But sometimes, that’s not enough. &Since this year has been a particularly nasty season for illness, Dr. Benjamin Tanner, a microbiologist, has developed a few handy tips to keep you and your family healthy this cough and cold season:
-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.
Hopefully you get through this season without so much as a sniffle, but if you do wind up sick, be sure to use Wet Ones to prevent your germs from spreading to others! The pocket sized ones are perfect for quick trips to the park, and the travel packs are perfect for purses.
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Note: 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.