One of my kids’ (and mine, too!) favorite television shows right now is Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior. The kids love Doc because of her cute little personality, but I love the show because it teaches them healthy habits. And goodness knows we need healthy habits around our house! As a working mom with two small children in daycare, I feel like I have earned at LEAST a PhD in pediatrics. Good Lord, my kids bring home all kinds of gunky funk. Over the years, I’ve learned when to call the doctor and when to let things run their course, and I’ve even learned how to tell when one of mine is getting sick before they even show very many signs. One thing that has really cut down on how often our family gets sick has been learning how to prevent germs from spreading from family member to family member. It’s bad enough if one gets sick, but when we all pass something around between us? Well, it’s pretty awful.
The first thing I’ve learned when one of the kids is sick is to send the other healthy child to daycare. This might seem like a no brainer, but the first few times one of mine was sick I would end up keeping both home from daycare because I thought it was mean to make one go and not the other. But I’ve learned over the past couple years that sending one of them to daycare is a great way to prevent the germs from spreading. Another trick we have started is giving baths right when we get home from school instead of waiting until bedtime when there is an illness going through one of the kids classrooms at school. When I know that someone in one of their classes is sick or something is going through the daycare, we try to keep the germs out of our house by giving the kids baths as soon as we walk in the door from school. When one of the kids is sick, we try to make sure they are limited as to where they play in the house. Unfortunately, if you’re sick at our house, you’re going to be quarantined. You might be restricted to your bedroom and the bathroom, or just the living room during the day while everyone else is at school or work. This helps us manage the germs. If the kids are all over the house, it’s hard to clean up and sanitized after them. But if we know they have only been in a few rooms, then it’s easier to use cleaners to keep their area clean. Lastly, we have learned to bathe the kids separately when one of them is really sick. This keeps the germs contained and prevents them from spreading them to each other through the water of a bath. They really don’t like this part, and usually they end up standing outside the tub waiting for the other to get out with them. But it’s the best thing to keep germs separated from each other.
These little tips have helped us keep illness to a minimum in our house lately, but what about YOU? What are your “Doc” rules when sickness hits your house? Leave a comment below sharing your “Doc” moments, and be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!
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