*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With cold & flu season upon us I thought it would be a great time to share some of my best mom tricks for keeping kids healthy. Having sick kids is no fun, especially not in a big family like mine where the illness can spread from person to person and linger in our home for months. So, I am adamant about taking proactive steps in order to make sure everyone stays healthy. Here are some of the things that we do regularly that make a big difference.
3 Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy During Flu Season
Keep Germs Out of the House
Let’s face it kids are exposed to tons of germs at school and at play. In order to ensure those germs & virus’ don’t stand a chance, I get rid of them ASAP!
As soon as my kids walk in the door they know they need to go and wash their hands. That is step #1. Step #2 is I keep Clorox Disinfecting Wipes in my kitchen and bathrooms that way I can routinely wipe down high traffic areas like doorknobs, light switches, and counters.
Plus, because Clorox Wipes are bleach free you can safely clean up all of the kids play areas include gaming remotes, tv controllers, and desks. It is even safe enough to use to wipe down toys, which I did religiously when they were younger.
With the ability to kill 99.9% of harmful bacteria, viruses, and get rid of common allergens Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are your best friend when you are trying to keep your family healthy.
Besides killing harmful germs and bacteria, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes also make your house smell nice and fresh too. I especially like the fresh scent of their citrus variety wipes.
Another area that collects tons of germs is the toilet bowl. For years I have relied on Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner to help me out in that arena because it is super easy to use and it kills 99.9% of bacteria. Not to mention gets rid of the dirt, grime, and odor-causing bacteria leaving me one sparkling clean toilet.
I buy my Clorox products at Home Depot. Right now they are offering a bundle that comes with both the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and the Toilet Bowl Cleaner so you will be ready to fight those nasty germs when the kids go back to school.
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Eat the Rainbow (including lots of fruits & veggies)
Another step we take to combat illness during cold & flu season is eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables because they contain important vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals that can help your body protect itself from getting sick.
The key is to eat a wide variety so that your body consumes all of the different nutrients each fruit or veggie offers. I try to make this fun by having the kids experiment with new fruits on their waffles in the morning, or by creating a make your own salad bar filled with all kinds of healthy veggies, nuts, and seeds. We also enjoy finding a fresh farm to table restaurants where we can try new veggies in a setting where the chef knows how to make them delicious! The kids get a kick out of trying new things and I love knowing they are helping their bodies fight off nasty germs that they might be exposed to.
Make Sure Everyone Gets Enough Sleep
Quality sleep is SO important not only for kids but adults too. In fact, the lack of sleep can affect your immune system, mood, and the overall way that you feel. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold virus. And, lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.