Firstly, a very very Happy New Year!! Hope the last decade was a fun one and this one will be an even more fun one 🙂 We had a great time with family and friends over the holidays here in Houston and in New Jersey, so needless to say we are content and ready to go for the new year.
It’s back to work in full swing which means for us working mommies, it’s back to daycare for the kiddos! I have quite a few friends of mine, here in Houston and otherwise who are new to the Daycare world, and while I do have a “How to make daycare transition easier” sitting in my drafts, today I am sharing something all parents will benefit from – how to hopefully avoid germs and keep the kiddos healthy!
I am obviously no doctor, actually an engineer on the contrary, but I was reading my free of cost subscription of Health magazine last month and came about an article talking about how to avoid germs. I made some notes and thought of sharing it with y’all along with some of my additions too, so without further ado – read on.
– Had sanitizer and hand wipes:
Even though on a daily basis I do not use alcohol-based wipes on LilMissK, during this time of the year, I do wipe her hands with one and follow it up with wiping by a non alcohol-based regular wipe. Same is when I use a hand sanitizer. Right as we get back from anywhere outside – be it just playing in the backyard, park, daycare, shopping or a visit to a friend’s we come back and wash our hands with soap right away, or atleast we try to! We aint perfect either, so we forget sometimes, but mostly yeah, we try to keep on top of it
– Your phone has more germs than anything:
In studies, it’s been shown that cell phones carry 10 times more germs than even toilet seats! Imagine that!! So if your little one is in the habit of watching rhymes or playing games on your phone, wipe it down with a lightly damp microfibre cloth sipped in 40% rubbing alcohol and 60% water and then dry it with a dry microfibre cloth. If all this is too much, just use an alocohol-based wipe to wipe it down. And stop taking your phone to the loo! Guilty of this myself, but I guess we need to work on changing this habit!
– Take your shoes off before entering the home, and also ask your guest too:
Outside is nasty. Inside is cleaner. When outside shoes come inside, they bring the nasty stuff with them no matter how much you wipe your feet on the welcome mat before coming inside, so it’s always better to just take your shoes off outside and use a pair of indoor slippers/shoes when home. For your guests, you can have a couple of extra pairs should they not want to be barefoot while at yours.
– Teach kids to not put things in their mouth!!
This is easier said than done, but as your kids get older, this will get easier 🙂
– Daycare activities / Activities post daycare:
So while the kiddo is at daycare, in all honesty, we do not have much control. But once you are home from the daycare – change their clothes immidiately, or alteast definitely wash hands etc. and if you do not bathe your kiddo every day (trust me it’s absolutely ok, infact recommended even) definitely sponge them to wash away germs and put the clothes to wash. I put all her clothes in the laundry basket everyday, with the exception of only thing I put at the end of the week is her jacket if it’s not too dirty by the middle of the week. You do not really have much control apart from this, so do not sweat it, ok!
– Small steps that can go a long way:
- After washing your hands in a public restroom, use the paper towel over the faucet handle when closing it, and also the door when opening it to get out.
- Do not share water bottles or glasses, drink from your own!
- Sneeze and cough in a tissue paper or wash your hands right after.
- Keep your cars and the kiddos car seats clean!!
What are some of the ways you keep germs at bay?! I’d love to hear…