Q: I’m a busy working mom, and I can’t afford to get sick! How can I avoid colds and flu this winter?
A: Proper handwashing is the first line of defense against cold and flu season. What’s more, encouraging good hand hygiene for the whole family can decrease illness in the household.
- Sing the ABCs. It takes at least 20 seconds to kill germs. Have children sing the alphabet song while lathering, then rinse.
- Soap and water. Washing with soap and water is more effective than hand sanitizer, and less drying to the skin.
- Germ control. When in public restrooms, use a paper towel to turn off the sink and open the restroom door when exiting.
- Cough smart. Teach children to cough into the crook of their arm, rather than their hands.