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Surviving Cold and Flu season with Wet Ones. Giveaway!


 

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

RULES: There will be one winner selected from all the comments using Random.org on or about November 29, 2011 at 10:00pm EST.  The winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond to an email from Mama’s Little Helper or forfeit the prize.  Energizer Personal Care is providing the prize(s) for this promotion at no cost to me. This promotion is not being administered or sponsored in any way by Energizer Personal Care or its affiliates, but solely by Mama’s Little Helper. Any questions or comments regarding this promotion must be sent to me at Mama’s Little Helper (Diane@mamaslittlehelper.org) and not to Energizer Personal Care.  Mama’s Little Helper and EPC reserve the right to modify, suspend or terminate this contest if the Promotion is removed by the web server or is otherwise compormised by illegal acts, electronic bots, etc.

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. 

Back to school with Wet Ones® Antibacterial Wipes….Review & Giveaway!


*******************Congrats to Amie!  Look out for an email!

Back to School time means germ exposure!

It’s back to school time, which means kids will be exposed to lots of germs.  A recent conversation I had with a few mothers and some former teachers centered around how to keep kids hands clean while at school and the lack of funding schools have to provide teachers with antibacterial gel or wipes and basic cleaner for the classroom desks.  The one mom and former teacher explained how she actually had to purchase her own surface cleaner to clean her classroom desks once a day herself, since the maintenance staff was so limited and the school’s budget did not include cleaning supplies (or even tissues!) for the classes.  Thankfully she was able to clean her classroom daily, but it made me wonder about just how clean schools, and kids, are especially with cold and flu season almost here.

Wet Ones® Antibacterial Wipes conducted a survey of parents and found that about 49% are concerned about their kids getting sick and 32% are concerned about their kids being exposed to germs.  These results seem to be similar to my personal conversations with parents about this subject of keeping kids healthy and clean.  Personally, I prefer that my child wash his hands with soap and water, but that isn’t always possible, especially while traveling or out on the playground.  I keep a canister of Wet Ones®Antibacterial Wipes in my car, along with a packet of them in my purse, for those situations when we just can’t get to a sink to wash up.  They are especially great for when my son has a snack in the car on a road trip or when we have an impromptu picnic at the playground.  While we also have hand sanitizer gel on hand, I prefer to use wipes for my son because they are good at wiping off the grime he seems to attract.  While they do contain alcohol, they don’t seem to sting the way some other antibacterial wipes I’ve had. which may be due to the aloe added to their formula.  My son and I both also love how the citrus scent smells.  I really can’t stand to wear fragrances, as I have terrible allergies, so I’m really picky about the scents of products we use.  The two scents, Fresh and Citrus, that Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes are available in both smell great and do not bother me.

Wet Ones® Antibacterial Wipes has teamed up with science educator Bill Nye to teach families about ways to avoid germs in a fun and interactive way.  Check out the Wet Ones Healthy Hands Zone to watch science experiments that you can recreate at home with your kids to learn more about germs.  I also found a page on the Wet Ones website written by Dr. Sears and lists 99 tips for back to school success.  I appreciate the advice written by Dr. Sears when my son was a baby and I found a number of great tips on this list, including some great tips about healthy breakfast ideas to start the day and other food tips for picky eaters.

Wet Ones® Wipes Giveaway!

Wet Ones® Antibacterial Wipes would like to give one reader of Mama’s Little Helper a prize package of Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes.

This prize pack includes:

One (1) Wet Ones® Hand Wipes Fresh Scent 40 count canister

One (1) Wet Ones® Hand Wipes Fresh Scent 24 count singles pack

One (1) Wet Ones® hand Wipes Fresh Scent 15 count travel pack

  • To enter, please comment on this blog post with your back-to-school-tip.  (Mandatory Entry!)
  • For an additional entry, Tweet about this giveaway.  You can use the following as an example or make up your own tweet, just be sure to leave your Twitter name in your comment. #Giveaway on Mama’s Little Helper with Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes for #back-to-school cleanliness! @mamasltlhelper http://ht.ly/6qgM7

This giveaway will end on Thursday September 15th at 11:00pm EST.   This giveaway is open to US residents only.  The winner will be contacted by email at the end of the contest and will have 24 hours to respond to the email with information regarding delivery of the prize.  In the event that the winner does not respond in 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.  Only entries posted on this blog post will count as an official entry.

Energizer Personal Care is providing the prize(s) for this promotion at no cost to Mama’s Little Helper or this reviewer.  This promotion is not being administered or sponsored in any way by Energizer Personal Care or its affiliates, but solely by Mama’s Little Helper. Any questions or comments regarding this promotion must be sent to Mama’s Little Helper and not to Energizer Personal Care.  Mama’s Little Helper reserves the right to modify, suspend, or terminate this contest if the Promotion is removed by the web server or is otherwise compromised by illegal acts, electronic bots, etc.  The winner will receive the prize package in the mail, fulfilled by GolinHarris on behalf EPC.

Disclosure:  Mama Diane received a Wet Ones prize package for the purposes of this review.  No monetary or other compensation was received and opinions expressed here are honest.  I have a four year old boy who is frequently grimy and already used Wet Ones before being asked to do this review!

Keeping Hands Clean, with Wet Ones®


Congrats to Jennifer Auer, the winner of the Wet Ones giveaway!  Look out for an email!

 

KEEPING HANDS CLEAN IS KEY IN MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH AS KIDS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL
 
Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes and Renowned Pediatrician Dr. William Sears Offer Moms Tips for Healthy School Year
 
SHELTON, Conn.  – As kids head back to school, good health starts with clean hands. With the new school season approaching, many moms are looking for an extra hand to help keep their kids healthy and reduce sick days.  In fact, elementary school students who do not use proper hand hygiene will miss more school than those that do employ good hand-washing habits, according to an American Journal of Infection Control study. [1]
 “Scientists estimate that 80 percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted through hands, so it’s important for children to learn to keep their hands clean all year long,” said renowned pediatrician and author of more than 40 books on childcare,  William Sears, M.D.  “Soap and water are not always accessible throughout the school day, so an effective way to keep hands clean and germ-free is to use an antibacterial wipe like Wet Ones® hand wipes, which parents can pack in lunchboxes and book bags.”
In addition to teaching children about clean hands, parents can follow other simple tips to start the new school year off on the right foot.  Dr. Sears offers the following five tips to keep students healthy, from brain to body:
 
1.      Begin the Day with a Brainy Breakfast: Children who start the day with a “brainy breakfast” that includes protein, fiber-filled carbs, Omega-3 fats and minerals like calcium and iron, do better in school and have fewer sick days.
 
2.      Keep Hands Clean:  The first and easiest line of defense against the spread of germs is washing hands often, but when soap and water are not available, antibacterial wipes like Wet Ones® hand wipes are an effective alternative. Wet Ones® antibacterial wipes are proven to be just as effective as gel hand sanitizer in killing 99.99 percent of germs but they also clean away dirt and messes and won’t dry out skin like alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Keep them around the house, in lunchboxes and in pockets.
 
3.      Feed Your Child Immune-Boosting Foods: The best way to boost the immune system is to increase the intake of fruits, vegetables, seafood and yogurt.
 
4.      Keep Little Noses and Sinuses Clear:  Germs often settle first in the nose and sinuses, so it’s important to keep kids’ nasal passages clear by either flushing them out with a saltwater solution or loosening secretions with a facial steamer or vaporizer.
 
5.      Keep Your Children Active: Movement mobilizes the immune system.  Kids who sit too much – especially indoors – get sick more often.  Movement also mellows the mood, as stress depresses the immune system. 
 
For more information on Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes and for a list of 99 back-to-school tips for parents, visit www.WetOnes.com.
 
About Wet Ones® Wipes Products:
Wet Ones® is a registered trademark of Playtex Products, LLC, whose parent company is Energizer Holdings, Inc.  Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes help consumers keep their hands clean and 99.99 percent free of germs.

Wet Ones® provided this mama a sample canister to try out.  The “fresh scent” wipes smell great and are refreshing when cleaning up after a messy toddler.  The canister fits into a standard car cup, making them convenient to have on hand during travels with the kids.  They are especially handy on cleaning up after a morning at the playground or a coffee spill in the car.  Even with sensitive skin, the antibacterial formula does not sting when used.  I keep a canister in the car all the time and in our beach bag as well.  The canister is easy to use, even for a toddler.

To help parents and kids with keeping clean as the school year begins, Wet Ones is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a canister of Wet Ones, a travel pack and a box of individually wrapped wipes.  To enter, leave a comment below about why you want to win this fun prize-pack!  This giveaway will end on September 20, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.  The winning comment, selected by Random.org, will be contacted by 9/22/10 via email.  The prize will be distributed by Wet Ones.  Good Luck!

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