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Forget first steps, first word, or first tooth. Here is another first that causes some anxiety—baby’s first flu season. And with my husband working in a middle school, a ridiculous amount of germs come home every day. The man is exposed to every disease strain imaginable!
So as an anxious new mom, I knew I had to stay dedicated to keeping our home a flu-free place. After all, children are nearly three times more likely to catch the flu than adults. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there, but one of my favorites is Elizabeth Pantley’s short digital book “A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season”. Her tidbits are easily arranged and provide quick tips on how to minimize the effect of the flu in your home. It doesn’t take a huge overhaul and sterilization masks, but a few simple steps that can make a difference. A few of my favorite takeaways were easy things I can do to help my family:
Get vaccinated each year. I had no idea it was impossible to become immune to the flu because there is a different strain each year. My husband and I jumped on getting our flu shots this year and I’m so glad we did—now we are protected for the entire flu season.
Wash your hands frequently (think every time you each or prepare food, change a diaper, or sneeze). I’m used to doing quick washes, so I need to rededicate myself to scrubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Cough into your sleeve or elbow, not your hand. Turns out coughing and sneezing into your hands is one of the quickest ways to spread germs. I’m on board to train my kinds to cough into their elbow right from the start.
There are a lot of germs in this world, but hopefully a little preparation and some simple steps will make my baby’s first flu season fairly uneventful.