Guest Post: Staying Healthy in a Sick House

This week’s guest blogger, Dr. Arlene King, chief medical officer for Ontario, gives her advice on how to prevent spreading the flu amongst the entire family.

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If a member of your family does get sick, there are some simple ways to keep the rest of your household healthy and kids and parents happy!

• If you don’t already have one, introduce a hand washing regime. As well as washing hands with soap and warm water before and after they eat, after using the restroom and after coughing, sneezing and blowing their nose, encourage your family to wash their hands as soon as they come into the house.

• Viruses can stay on surfaces and items for up to two days. It may be a good idea to temporarily have your kids stop sharing toys, books, pencils or utensils such as cups or straws. It’s also a good idea to clean common surfaces and items more frequently especially doorknobs, counters, phones and remote controls since these things get touched by everyone.

• To keep the immune system strong, it’s important to get a full night’s rest and eat healthy foods. A wholesome dinner and going to bed early are great ways to stay healthy.

• Lastly, consider getting your family vaccinated to keep the flu out of your house!

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