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Smarter You: Keeping Healthy During Holiday Season

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We've already had our first bout with sneezies this season. Kiddo's lasted on and off for about a week. Mine? Two weeks before I went and got some antibiotics for a sinus infection. Already at her school? Tummy flu and strep throat. It is not fun, being sick. It's not fun having a sick kiddo and it is really not fun being a sick mama trying to care for a sick (or healthy) kid. Time to really get serious about doing those little things to keep your whole family a little healthier this winter season.

-- Get a flu shot. I know, I know, you hear it all of the time, but trust me, it's one of the best steps you can take. You may still get the flu, but it will be drastically less severe than if you don't have the shot.

-- Wash your hands. Post signs around the house to remind you to wash your hands often...and really wash them. Count to 60 while scrubbing with that soap and warm water.

-- Keep fingernails short. Germs and dirt hang out underneath those fingernails, so keep them trimmed and washed throughout the season.

-- Carry a pen. Instead of using that pen at the checkout counter or from the pizza delivery dude, use your own pen. Same goes for the kids: when out to eat, bring your own crayons and markers so they don't use those that have been touched by every other kid in your town.

-- Drink water. You may not think about it as much during the colder months, but your body is more susptible to getting ill when it is dehydrated.

-- Switch out toothbrushes. Toss out the old and get a new one more often than you usually do. Bacteria and other nasties take up residence there. Especially toss them out after having a cold or the flu.

-- Wipe down that remote. Get into a habit of wiping down the remote control and the doorknobs, the cabinet handles, the phone, everywhere folks touch on a regular basis. It's often forgotten about, but those are huge hangouts for viruses and germs.

Have you gotten a flu shot yet? When was the last time you cleaned the remote control? 

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by on Nov. 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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yvonne37
by Platinum Member on Nov. 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

i like the pen tip... never thought of it and its so true... so many people touch a pen.

I wipe the remotes.. all the time and the door knobs.

Vertical15
by on Nov. 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

I don't get a flu shot.  I clean it whenever I'm wiping down everything in the living room.  Usually about every other week.  I know!  Should be more often but I want to live not just clean!

Ladyisis
by Jenn on Nov. 14, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Yes both my daughter and I have gotten our flu shots. My husband can't have it since he is allergic to it. I cleaned the remote control a couple weeks ago with a clorox wipe. Thanks for sharing. These are good tips!

sukainah
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Good ideas!  I've gotten a flu shot and so has all the family.  I like to do most of those things on the list.  They are good ideas.

Yet, right now, we all have cold except my oldest son...ugh!  We're doing our best to keep clean and wash our hands a lot.

nngmommy83
by Gold Member on Nov. 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM

I got my flu shot

jwichm34
by on Nov. 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

We do not get the flu shot. I have an allergy and the one time I did get the shot for kids, both ended up with the flu and everything in between. I do however wipe everything down at least once a week. We all had some type of stomach bug and flu like illness earlier this year, I am hoping that modifying our diets and extra sleep and keeping things cleaned will help. Here to a health holiday season!!!

Ambear72
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

 I just started working as a cook at a head start here in my area.  I swear I have been sick since the kids started there, on Sept 9th.  I will look at this list and make some changes.  I do need a new tooth brush, and I should wipe things down at home.  I do always carry my own pen.  I hate using pens that are left on the counters and stuff.  eck

amyjane22
by Amy on Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

We got our flu shots & I follow all these tips during flu season.

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