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Monday, September 12, 2011

Tips to avoiding the flu

Well, illness has already struck our house (and school just started!) Son #2, Kitty and Hubby have had sore throats, fevers, nausea and diarreah. I am the only one who didn't get sick-knock on wood.

So, how can you keep from getting sick? Well, Lysol is my best friend right now. As well as lots of cleaning. I have a found a few other things over the years.

  • Each family member should have their own tube of toothpaste. (Toothpaste isn't that expensive, it's less expensive than getting sick and paying a co-pay for the doctor)

  • Keep each toothbrush on a separate shelf (and please don't keep it next to the sink where water from washing your hands can flip bacteria all over your toothbrush)

  • Use fresh hand towels daily

  • Use a new glass daily for drinking water

  • Throw away your toothbrush once you get sick so you don't re-infect yourself

  • Get a new toothbrush at the end of the illness (that's right folks-two new toothbrushes)

  • Wash, wash, wash your hands

  • Don't touch your face with your hands

I have used these with much success over the years. Someone has to stay healthy so I can take care of everyone that's sick! And nothing is worse than being sick while one of the kids are sick and is in the hospital. Since I have asthma, as well as all three of my kids, it's easy for me to get sick when they get sick. Many of the 12 times they were hospitalized with asthma and pneumonia, I was sick with pneumonia too. But somehow was able to keep going.

So, just a few tips. If you have used something else that has worked, or have any other ideas, please feel free to comment!


  1. Good ideas. Me being so cheap, I usually boil toothbrushes to disinfect them. But you are right they aren't too expensive and a small price to pay if it helps kids stay healthy.

  2. I usually buy a big pack of toothbrushes at Costco, so between that and the toothbruses and toothpaste we get at our 6 month dental cleanings, we're in good shape!