Are your children having a cold? This is how you prevent getting it yourself
Are your children having a cold? Then of course you want to prevent that you get it yourself. A doctor advises how you can best tackle this.
Don't let your children ignite you
Although nobody is waiting for a cold, it is unfortunately a bit of the time of the year. Nonetheless, there are things you can do to prevent a cold family member, such as your child, from lighting you.
General practitioner Roger Henderson tells CountryLiving how you can prevent being ignited by your children.
Give a reward
It is not necessary to bribe your child with expensive toys, but a small reward can work well to encourage your child to wash his or her hands. Make a nice table and give your children a nice sticker at the end of the day if they have washed their hands regularly during the day with water and disinfectant soap.
It's not very budget-friendly, but Dr. Henderson advises not to use a towel if there are children in the house that are flu. Instead, it is better to use kitchen paper to, for example, dry the hands. This way you prevent the spread of bacteria.
Give children a little less extra tasks
Of course it is very nice if your children can help you with the dishes, but when they have a cold you should give them a break. For example, when children help with drying, they can easily leave their bacteria on pans, plates or cutlery.
Disinfecting is the key
It is important that children build up a good immune system, but when they are flu it is advisable to disinfect their toys extra often.
Your house does not get very hot, but try to keep a window open in the bedroom. Good ventilation can eliminate the common cold virus.
Have your children use paper tissues
It is easy to let your child blow cotton handkerchiefs so that you can wash them out later. Unfortunately, it does entail a disadvantage. The bacteria can then spread more easily. If your child has a serious cold, it is better to let him or her blow into disposable handkerchiefs.