This holiday season Wet Ones is teaming up with Mama’s Little Helper to share helpful tips about staying healthy during a sometimes stressful time of year. With many holiday parties, travel on packed airlines and trains, and more time spent in crowded malls and stores, exposure to cold germs is increased. Catching a cold at this time of year can be debilitating to moms who have to play Santa, coordinate menus, host extra play dates when school is on break and enjoy this time of year. Wet Ones has enlisted a Holiday Health Team to help share tips for surviving cold and flu season.
Mom Guru StacyDeBroff Advises:
Go into laundry overdrive. When a cold assault runs througha family, wash your kids’ pillowcases and sheets in very hot water – even daily, if you can. And, if your child constantly clutches a blanket or stuffed animal, toss those in, too.
Focus on Health. Keep kids’ immune systems kicking during cough and cold season by preparing healthy meals with lots of fruits and vegetables. By adding a chewable multivitamin each day, Moms also can help ensure children get needed vitamins.
Pay attention to pals. Colds typically run through classrooms, so keep an eye on your child’s friends and change plans, if needed. Reschedule play dates or sleepovers so your kids reduce their exposure to coughing, sneezing friends. Head off disappointment byhelping kids understand how germs spread and reminding them of the importance of staying healthy so they can play in next week’s band concert or indoor soccer tournament.
Sleep Rules. Kids will always lobby for a later bedtime or one last story, but don’t give in during cough and cold season. Stick to nap schedules for younger kids and keep bedtimes consistent for older ones. If sleeping proves tough due to nasal congestion, prop kids up with an extra pillow or two at bedtime to sleep in a more upright position.
On the Road. Moms often find it even more challenging to keep children healthy during holiday or vacation travel times. Taking along Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes offers Moms the opportunity to clean kids’ hands frequently, as well as wipe down a restaurant counter, airplane armrest, or tray table before using.
Wipe out germs – and messes. Clean hands help prevent the spread of cough and cold germs, but kids’ daily activities often take them far away from soap and water. Wet Ones®Antibacterial Hand Wipes provide a quick, easy way to get rid of grime and kill 99.99% of the germs that cause coughs and colds. Toss them in back packs, lunch bags, the backseat of your car, school lockers– and give a stash to your child’s teacher – to keep messy, germy hands clean.
Dr. Benjamin Tanner, a microbiologist, suggests:
Practice Good Hygiene for at Least a Week After a Cold. Cold and cold germs can be found in nasal secretions of children for two to three weeks after the onset of symptoms. That’s a long time for an unwanted guest to stick around!
Don’t touch your face. Most cold viruses are spread by contact with surfaces through “self-inoculation” when hands pick up cold viruses, and then touch the nose or eyes to start an infection. In fact, a study of kids showed that a program to discourage touching the face reducedcolds by nearly half.
Keep Your Immune System Healthy. Studies show that maintaining a healthy body weight with proper nutrition reduces risks of infection, and also may prevent inflammation (potentially damaging immune system hyperactivity).
Keep Up on Cold and Flu Germs. Colds are most infectious during the first two to four days people are infected. And you can’t outrun their germs: droplets from sneezes can travel at a velocity of 45 miles per hour and cover a distance of 10 feet. Wash your hands and face regularly; when soap and water is not available use Wet Ones to kill germs onyour hands and face.
Cold Season has already hit this Mama’s household!
For the past two weeks or so my family has been passing around a nasty cold, one that has been the worst I’ve had in years! Not being prepared for an early cold season, we were really caught off guard. Thankfully my little guy didn’t develop asthma/breathing difficulties, as this bug stayed in his nose. It didn’t help that he still can’t blow his nose at age four! I was really sick and just plain wiped out from a cough that kept me up all night. We did a lot of hand washing and running the dishwasher on santi-rinse in our attempts to get healthy. It never even occurred to me to wash our sheets more frequently. After reading Stacy DeBroff’s tips I immediately stripped all the beds and put on new sheets! As I’ve written here before, I’ve been a big fan of Wet Ones for a while. I love how portable they are, especially for road trips or even visits to the park. I always keep a canister of Wet Ones in my car and a travel pack in my bag so that I have a wipe handy. We will be using Wet Ones frequently, when hand washing isn’t possible, this winter season with hopes of preventing future colds in our household!Busy moms simply don’t have time to get sick! But if you do experience those telltale symptoms and you don’t have luxury of curling up with a box of tissues and a good book, choose a cold and flu medication with both day and night formulations so you can run around when you need to, and rest peacefully when it’s finally time.
Win a Wet Ones Holiday Survival Kit!
Want a chance to win a Wet Ones Holiday Survival Kit? Enter by leaving a comment on this blog post and share your best cold care tip, if you like. In your Holiday Survival Kit you’ll find:
- One Wet Ones Hand Wipes Fresh Scent 40 count canister
- One Wet Ones Hand Wipes Fresh Scent 24 count singles pack
- One Wet Ones Hand Wipes Fresh Scent 15 count travel pack
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Disclosure: Mama was provided with a Holiday Survival Kit for the purposes to composing this post. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions expressed here are my own.