A mom asked me, “How can I keep all of us from getting sick once one of us is?” Wow. If you have kids, that’s the eternal question. The spread of colds is not hard to prevent, as there’s plenty you can do to suppress those sniffles.
The biggest step is the easiest—have everyone wash their hands, often. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hand—use your arm or a tissue to cover your mouth. You can also disinfect common surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and toys.
If possible, minimize face-to-face contact with the sick person. And finally, keep your family eating well and getting enough sleep. Healthy bodies equal a healthier immune system.
I’m a big fan of families giving to one another, but this is one area where being selfish is a good thing.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Run from a Cold
- Vitamin D does not prevent colds
- Being a parent helps protect against the common cold
- Research suggests zinc may shorten common colds for adults
- Only SOME zinc supplements have the dose proven to shorten colds
- High-dose zinc lozenges reduces duration of cold symptoms (not low dose)
- Zinc for the common cold—not if, but when
- Cold and Flu Old Wives’ Tales Debunked
- Probiotics may be an effective remedy for colds
- If you’re going to take echinacea for the common cold …
- What Natural Medications are Possibly Effective for the Common Cold?
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