Friday, February 12, 2010

How to stay healthy when your child is sick?

According to a recent study from the University of Arizona (which was written by Elise Nersesian, The Parents magazine, 2008, pp. 78-82), a woman's chances of getting sick double when she becomes a mother. And little kids, when it comes to spreading bacteria and viruses, they're extremely generous. So how can you stay healthy?

Elise Nersesian suggested three brilliant germ-fighting game plan:

Wash your hands.

Do wash your hands frequently. It can reduce the odds you'll catch your child's cold by 30 to 50 percent. And for added assurance, use moisturizing, alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill any germs that soap left behind.

Make the Kitchen off-limits

"The kitchen is one of the germiest rooms in the house," says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist who studies soil, water and environmental sciences at The University of Arizona in Tucson. "Bacteria can survive on countertops and tables, so your child's germs could easily be transferred to your food and make everyone sick." That is why, let him help himself to food in the refrigerator.

Switch to Hot Water on Laundry Day

Do as mush of her laundry as possible in hot water and chlorine bleach to kill germs (except colored clothes). And avoid touching your nose and mouth while you do the laundry. Remember, that you're handling germy stuff. Thus, scrub your hands when you're done and sanitize the washing machine between loads by running an empty hot cycle with bleach.

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