It is that time of year again – flu and cold season - which brings sniffles, sneezes, aches and pains! Is your little one not feeling their best? Check out these tips to help keep you from catching a bug when caring for a sick child:

Limit exposure

Limit close interaction, especially face-to-face contact with your child to avoid passing of germs. When holding a sick child, place his or her chin on your shoulder so he or she will not cough in your face. You also should not share food or drinks with a sick child, or allow other children to.

Wash hands often and right away

Wash your hands after contact with a sick person. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Do not touch your face until you wash your hands. You should also wash your hands immediately after handling a sick person’s tissues, toys or laundry.

Sanitize often

Regularly wipe down commonly touched surfaces, such as toys, door handles and counters, in your home with antibacterial wipes or spray to prevent the spread of germs. It also may help to designate a “sick room” in the house to limit a sick person’s access to others and keep illnesses contained to one room.

If you have a little one home sick, remember to follow these 3 tips to help prevent you catching whatever germs your little one brings home. However, the best protection from flu season is to get a flu shot vaccine. You may walk in any Patient First center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to receive a flu shot with little or no wait. To find a center near you, please visit our locations page.


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