Back to school: 10 tips to keep parents healthy

You may be focused on keeping your kids healthy now that they are back in school, but don’t overlook the importance of maintaining your own health. Your kids bring home a nasty array of germs that can send moms and dads to the doc and put them out of commission for a day or up to a week. Dr Scott Burger, co-founder of Doctors Express, the first nationally franchised urgent care, shares the following tips to keep parents from catching a bug.
You may be focused on keeping your kids healthy now that they are back in school, but don’t overlook the importance of maintaining your own health. Your kids bring home a nasty array of germs that can send moms and dads to the doc and put them out of commission for a day or up to a week. Dr Scott Burger, co-founder of Doctors Express, the first nationally franchised urgent care, shares the following tips to keep parents from catching a bug.

10 Tips to keep parents healthy

1. Get early flu shots

Unlike other medical facilities, Doctors Express offers flu shots for the entire family (children age 4 and up). Otherwise, mom often has to travel to the pediatrician for child flu shots and to a separate doctor for herself.  Everyone gets their shots in one place at one time with no appointment necessary!

2. Bring your own pen

Take your own writing tool to the bank, the grocery store, and even to touch the ATM. Anything a sick person touches can get infested with germs, including money, mail, ATM keypads, elevator buttons, and more!

3. Use paper

Replace those hand towels in your bathrooms with paper towels. While not as “pretty”, paper towels keep you from being exposed to the lot of germs that live in regular towels.

4. Wash your hands

Use soap, warm water and rinse long enough to say the alphabet or sing “Happy Birthday”. Recent studies show plain soap and water works just as well, if not better than antibacterial soaps. (Editor’s choice: Whole Truth Cinnamon Girl Soap or Whole Truth Nature Boy Soap)

5. Sleep

The more you sleep, the better your immune system works to fight off illness. Adults need seven to nine hours a night.

6. Exercise

Incorporate physical activity into your day but not too much exercise. Aim for 30 to 75 minutes of moderate activity to boost your ability to fight off germs, but long, hard work outs can tire out your immune system so it becomes less effective. One study found that women who walked for 45 minutes, five days a week suffered half as many sick days as couch potatoes.

7. Use a proper hand sanitizer

Use hand sanitizers that are at least 60 percent alcohol anytime you touch anything someone else might have touched. Make sure you use sanitizer, even under finger nails where germs hide. (Editor’s choice: Infectiguard Hand Sanitizer with Moisturizer)

8. Use a disinfecting cleaner

Viruses and bacteria can live up to two hours or longer on doorknobs, toys, TV remote controls, keyboards, mouse pads, refrigerator handles, counter tops, railings, faucets, bathroom floors and more. Regularly wash all surfaces in your home.

9. Tend to skin injuries

Wash small cuts and scrapes with soap and water. Apply an ointment, put on a bandage and change the bandage every day until the wound heals. Never touch someone else’s wound and wear gloves if you help dress a cut- even if it’s your own child.

10. Use a toothbrush sanitizer

Studies show the mouth is the number one place for germs. Sanitize your toothbrush daily to eliminate this often overlooked threat. (Editor’s choice: Vermont Soap’s Organic Toothbrush Sanitizer)

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