Kids carry germs. PERIOD.
I'm not a strong proponent for taking cold/flu medicine. You're almost better off taking a shot of whisky in most cases (old school). I also am a firm believer in your body doing all the work to fight back when necessary. So in light of all that, here are a couple preventative measures I've picked up along the way...
- If you can't keep a clutter free home, at least keep a clean home. Make sure you wipe down commonly used household items like the phone, light switches, tv remotes, car steering wheel, door knobs, etc.
- Drink a lot and stay hydrated. The more you pee the more your liver and kidneys are working to keep your system clean. Help them out by flushing yourself.
- Wash and sanitize your hands. It's so simple, 15-30 seconds of hand washing can make a huge difference. Sanitize hands when you get in the car after going to public places and before you eat at restaurants.
- Disrobe when you walk in the door. Literally strip down after excursions. Your clothes sit and touch all kinds of stuff. I also recommend kids bathe or wash up after they get in the door for school. Wash that yuck off.
- Get some sleep. When it gets cold and dark our bodies are looking for energy. Lots of people fuel themselves with empty calories and fat in an attempt to gain or replace lost energy. Instead of eating junk, take a nap. 20-30 minutes in the middle of the day will do the trick. If you can't do that, try to shift the fall/winter bedtime by 30 minutes. EVERYONE should get to bed 30 minutes earlier- adults too. When your body is broken down, the germs begin to take hold. Sleep is the body's way of rejuvenating itself.