As we head into flu season, we've been seeing the topic of swine flu come up on a lot of the local parent group message boards. This guide from Parenting provides a few guidelines for prevention in the home.
For the most part, we have to continue living our lives, but there are always things you can do to prevent the spread of germs at home.
• This one's a no-brainer but bears repeating: wash your hands frequently, and make sure your kids do the same. It's a good idea to get into the habit of doing it as soon as you walk in the door, before meals and food prep, post-potty and after touching pets. Some experts question the effectiveness of hand-washing in preventing swine flu, which is primarily transmitted by inhaling particles in the air. But it certainly can't hurt, especially for kids, known to wipe their nose with their hand and put anything and everything in their mouth. And it can prevent you from getting other nasty bugs.
• Take a moment to clean germ hot spots, like tables, doorknobs, desks and kitchen counters, with a disinfectant. Look for products that contain bleach or alcohol.
• Keep your family's immune system strong with regular sleep, and lots of fruits and veggies. If you know anyone who's been sick, stay away for now.
Taking these simple precautions is something every household can do. For more tips on preventative measures while you're out of the home, head over to Parenting.
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