November 21st, 2013
How to keep your family healthy this year.
by: Nancy Ripton
few simple steps can make the difference between a year full of sick days and a healthy family. Here are four easy ways to help keep your family cold and flu-free this year.
Wash hands often
“Washing hands is the best way to keep infection free,” says Dr. Anne Matlow, a medical advisor at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Talk to your child’s preschool or daycare about washing all children’s hands before they enter the play area, and about making hand washing a part of the curriculum.
At home, wash hands as soon as you enter the house and before eating. If you’re out, carry an alcohol-based wash (such as Purell) or alcohol-based wipes in your purse in case you can’t find a sink and water. “Baby wipes won’t do,” says Dr. Matlow. They’re not strong enough to kill germs.