6 Ways to Survive When Everyone Gets Sick

There’s no worse feeling for a parent than coming home only to realize one of your kids has a brand-new cough and the sniffles. Worst-case scenarios flood your mind, ‘ahh one of the kids is sick, then it will be the next one! And then we are next!’ And although it IS true that children are frequently touted as germ carriers because of their close proximity to tons of other kids, the reality is that germs are literally everywhere. Between colds, the flu and random stomach bugs, sickness routinely gets passed around during cold and flu season. But there are plenty of preparation you can do to keep the rest of the family healthy (including yourself) when illness strikes. Here are 6 ways to survive when everyone else gets sick.

If you are NOT sick yet yourself

There are a few things you can do to minimize your chances of getting sick if you haven’t already. Wash your hands and clean toys frequently, do not share any dishes or eating utensils, avoid kissing those who are infected and consider sleeping in another room if your spouse is sick.

If you are ALREADY sick yourself

If you’re already in the throes of illness, you can enforce good health habits to keep it from dragging on or infecting others. Again, wash your hands frequently, sneeze into a tissue to catch germs, throw those tissues away immediately, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and rest as much as you can.

6 Additional ways to keep your family healthy

Teach your kids good manners

Once one of your kids gets the bug, chances are it will run its course and there’s no true way to stop it. But you can teach him the proper sneezing and coughing etiquette to prevent germs from spreading throughout the house. Show your children how to cover their mouths with either their hands or tissues, or by coughing into the elbow bend.

Create a sick room in your house

It may sound crazy, but quarantining the kids or adults who are already sick can help keep germs contained to only one area of your house. It can be any room but make sure that it feels cozy and those who are sick can fully rest up. This can be especially helpful for moms who have a baby and a toddler. Having a safe haven for the sick little one can prevent germs from spreading to the baby. Consider having a separate trash can, tissues, hand sanitizer, clear liquids, a thermometer, humidifier and face masks stashed away in this room. If you can, also limit bathroom use to the same bathroom for the sick person as well, while the rest of the family uses another one.

Double down on Vitamin C and good nutrients

The body does not naturally store Vitamin C and yet it’s the biggest immunity booster of all. Double down on this and other important vitamins, like B-6 and E, for everyone who is sick. The foods you eat have immense power over strengthening your immunity so try to add green veggies, citrus fruits, spinach and other whole foods that contain illness-fighting vitamins and minerals to get everyone on the mend faster.

Add a probiotic to your daily intake

Probiotics are commonly used to improve gut health, but people may not be aware that they can also stimulate your immune system. There are specific strains that have been linked to improve immunity so make sure you take the right ones: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus casei Shirota, Bifidobacterium animalis Bb-12, Lactobacillus johnsonii La1, Bifidobacterium lactis DR10, Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii.

Keep the hand-washing routine going often

It goes without saying that regular hand washing is important, illness or not as you can pick up germs from virtually anything you touch. Wash them frequently and thoroughly with any type of soap. Hand sanitizer works as a backup option. The main idea is to wash them long enough and make sure all surfaces are consistently clean.

Try elderberry syrup to kick it before it gets bad

Elderberries have been known to keep toxins out of your body because they contain flavonoids and antioxidant properties. Plus, elderberry is anti-inflammatory so it can help with congestion and swelling in your sinuses. Elderberries are also sweet so you may even get your little ones hooked on the sweet flavor. You can find elderberry in liquid, syrup, tincture, capsule and lozenge form.

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