How to Avoid Germs in Public Places This Cold Season
Cold season is definitely here and my kids all have the runny noses to prove it. I also know it's here because my hands are so dry from the endless hand washing I’ve been doing trying to keep myself from catching a cold. I know that I take lots of precautions to keep our home germ free, but how do you do it when you are in public places? Here are four public places that you'll probably visit this cold season, and how to protect your children from germs while you are there.
The Grocery Store
I think that by now everybody knows to clean the shopping cart handles before you touch them. At the grocery store, it is not just germs from people that you have to worry about; if blood from raw meat gets on the handle, you or the kids could potentially ingest bacteria like E. coli or salmonella.
Do you use a fabric shopping-cart cover to protect your little ones from touching the cart? Germs can survive longer in fabric than on the cart's plastic handle. Make sure to wash the cover regularly.
The Doctor’s Office
Make sure that you and your children wash hands before and after going to the doctor’s office. Carry antibacterial hand wipes or gel in your purse and don't be afraid to use it. If you are really trying to stay germ-free you can even allow your children to bring their own toys or books to keep them busy while they wait.
Not just the park, but any place the kids play. I read somewhere that jungle gyms are more germ-infested than public bathrooms. Blech! While yucky to think about, it makes sense; bathrooms are cleaned regularly but playground equipment is never cleaned.
Teach your children not to touch their mouths, noses, or eyes at the playground. Easier said than done, I know. Before leaving the park, make sure to use antibacterial hand gel on everybody’s hands and to wash them thoroughly when you get home.
Whether you are at a restaurant or just borrowing a high chair at a family or friend’s house, make sure to use those antibacterial wipes to clean it before putting your child in it. As crazy as it sounds, you can even wipe down the table and chairs before using them. Every little bit helps!
How do you prevent germs during the cold and flu season?
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