Getting sick can feel like the end of the world for many people. You feel weak, exhausted and possibly have a sore throat, cough, itchy eyes and maybe even a fever. If you’ve found that you’re getting sick more often than not when the kids are sick then continue reading to find ways you can try to stay healthy when the kids are sick.
From just before Christmas until the end of January there was someone in our family poorly every single day. The kids both started off ill with an awful sickness bug that was doing the rounds and then Mr Frugal got it between Christmas and New Year. It then seems to just constantly loop around between the three of them for the next six weeks – I spoke to the doctor at one point as it was just ridiculous and he said he was seeing so many people in the same situation because the bug was weakening immune systems making it more common to catch another bug so close afterwards. He gave me a few tips to try and reduce the chances of the bug spreading.
Now that your kids are already sick, chances are others in your house will get sick too but there are definitely ways to reduce the spreading of gems.
I find that the best way to try to keep the sickies at bay is to sanitise the ‘danger areas’ as often as possible. There are sprays that you can buy that help get rid of the viral bacteria that float in the air when someone is sick. You can use hand sanitisers or antibacterial hand soap to wash your hands often when anyone in the house is sick. You could also sanitise door knobs and anything else that you touch when sick to keep from contaminating yourself over and over again with germs – I always use antibacterial spray on the bannisters as they definitely accumulate dirt from grubby hands so I imagine they’ll be prime spaces for germs.
Boost Your Immune System
Even though your kids are already sick, you can still try to boost your immune system as that will definitely help. Taking over-the-counter products that help boost your immune system is definitely an option – vitamin supplements are something that my doctor recommended for us and we’ll be continuing to take them. You can also enjoy some fruit rich in Vitamin C, like orange, strawberries and Kiwi, to help boost your immune system.
Also, make sure to rest as often as possible to help you maintain as much strength as possible when you’re taking care of sick kids. Try to put off anything non-essential when you’ve been up all night because if you’re feeling tired and run down from looking after the kids then it’s likely that you’re the next one that’s going to be hit by it!
Clean Clean Clean
One area that lots of us forget about when anyone is sick is to get rid of their toothbrushes or use a product that disinfects them. If you don’t then you’re just risking re-infecting yourself when you use it. Also, don’t share pillows or blankets with other family members when sick either, this will help avoid cross-contamination of the sickness germs. It’s also worth considering sanitising your kid’s toys whenever possible to avoid their germs getting all over the home.
Maintaining a disinfected, clean home when your kids are sick is a good proactive measure to try to stay healthy.
Stay at Home Where Possible
If at all possible, try to stay home when you or your kids are sick. This will help to avoid the spread of whatever viral infection they may have and in turn, help you all rest enough to recoup from being sick. I get that schools put a lot of pressure on you to send the kids to school unless they’re at death’s door but I really hate when parents send kids to school when they’re clearly unwell as it’s a surefire way to spread a bug!
No one has a get well quick fix all but these tips should help you try to stay as healthy as possible when you find that your kids have gotten sick.
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