As much as I love this magical time of year, what I absolutely hate is that it coincides with flu season. As anyone with young kids can attest, they’re usually the first to get sick and seemingly pick up every single virus floating around. They touch everything, including each other, and are still learning proper hygiene. Especially now with Isabelle in Kindergarten and exposed to 25 other kids for 6 hours every single day, we’ve spent plenty of time already out of commission because of the flu. Luckily there are steps you can take to help prevent your kids from catching the flu. Read on for my top 5 tips (and an extra special giveaway)!
[ 1 ] Get the flu shot
Vaccinations are a polarizing topic in the world of parenting. Personally, I’m all for them. Whilst we’ve never done the flu shot prior to this year, we decided to go for it this winter season because Isabelle started her first year of Kindergarten and I just know we’re going to be battling constant sickness as it is. According to the CDC, the flu shot is about 40-60% effective, which is a lot better than nothing if you ask me. Length of illness can also be shorter and symptoms milder with the flu shot than without.
[ 2 ] Avoid sick people
It might seem harsh, but having a strict “no sick guests” policy in place during the flu season will help a lot, as will avoiding visiting people who are sick themselves. That might mean cancelled play dates but those two hours of playtime are not worth the week of sick kids that will most likely come of it, since young kids touch everything. Conversely, keep your kids home when they’re sick. Just like you appreciate parents who keep their kids at home to avoid getting yours sick, return the favour when you’re the one with germ covered kiddos.
[ 3 ] Keep hands + shared objects clean
This is definitely the most important time of year for hand washing. Teach your children proper hand washing, meaning soap and lots of scrubbing (for approximately 20 seconds or one round of singing “Happy Birthday”). When the flu has been brought into your house, wiping down common surfaces like handles, countertops, etc. can help you to avoid getting the rest of the family sick. And bring hand sanitizer and wipes with you to clean shared objects like shopping carts before you or your kids use them or to wipe down hands after touching things like elevator buttons.
[ 4 ] Humidify your home
There’s a lot of scientific evidence that points to the flu virus surviving best in low-humidity environments (source). That’s one of the reasons why it spreads so well in the winter, when the air indoors is so dry. So make sure to keep your home nice and humid to avoid it becoming a flu breeding ground. We have the Dyson AM10 Humidifier and it is ah-ma-zing. Seriously. It monitors the moisture in your home and delivers even humidity year-round. It has Ultraviolet Cleanse technology which kills 99.9% of bacteria (so good!). Plus there are no blades and the air that comes out is cool so it’s safe to have around young kids. Right now you can save $100 off the Dyson Humidifier at Best Buy so run! (Sale ends on Dec 7th.)
[ 5 ] Eat healthy and get enough exercise
One of the best lines of defence when it comes to avoiding germs is make sure everyone in your family is healthy. That means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and getting enough exercise. The healthier you are, the better you are able to ward off anything that comes your way, like the flu virus. So don’t skip those trips to the park just because it’s cold out.
And now onto the good stuff:
THE GIVEAWAY (CLOSED)!
Best Buy is very generously giving away a Dyson humidifier (retail value $600) to one lucky reader! (Update: the winner is @ourminimesblog. Congrats! Please contact me via e-mail or DM me on Instagram.
- Leave a comment below with how you keep your family healthy during the flu season.
- To double your chances, head to my Instagram (@happygreylucky) and enter the giveaway on my Dyson post.
That’s it! Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and you must over 18 or over to enter. Giveaway ends Friday, December 8th at 11:5ppm EST and winner will be announced here and on Instagram.
In this post:
Dyson AM10 humidifier | IKEA toddler bed, play kitchen, stool + book shelves (similar) | Ferm Living round triangle carpet | Anny Who alphabet poster | Sprout and Sparrow sweetheart print | H&M twin bedding (similar) | Ma Petite Maison house wall shelf | GenWoo tassel garland
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Best Buy Canada. All thoughts and opinions are my own.