Sometimes kids get sick despite all the good you try to do to stop it from happening. As part of being a parent, you will naturally be there for them to help them nurse them through their ailment and get them back to full health as soon as possible. However, this can be tough if you catch the same bug that’s going around. It’s far better to try to stay as healthy as possible so that you can look after your little ones and get on with your work; here are some ways to do it.
Wash Your Hands
The idea of washing your hands after you use the bathroom when you’re cooking after you do anything or touch anything that is dirty, has been reinforced since we were all little. There’s a reason why our parents and teachers kept telling us to do it and why it’s probably a habit still today. Washing your hands can reduce the likelihood of you catching a bug or cold from your child. However, a quick rinse is not what we mean because that just doesn’t work effectively enough. You need to scrub your hands for around 20 seconds using warm water and soap if you want to rid yourself of the germs that could make you sick. For added security, you could use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer too; these can be great if you need to wash your hands and you’re nowhere near a sink.
Look After Your Own Health
The healthier your immune system, the less likely it is that you will catch whatever it is that’s going around. That means eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and taking vitamin supplements if you need to. It also means keeping yourself as healthy as possible. If you smoke or drink too much, then quitting is your best option as these things can seriously compromise your immune system. Further, they’re not a great way to be a role model for your kids. If you find that giving up alcohol is hard on your own, check out rehab facilities to get the extra help you need. It will be worth it.
One rule to implement when your child is unwell is minimal sharing, as the more they share, be that toys, clothes or food, for example, the more chance there is that you may catch the illness.
This is a hard thing to do, especially when your child is unwell, but if it stops you from getting sick, then it must be done. Viruses can’t travel beyond around three feet, so you don’t have to stay in a different room, for example; just don’t get too close. If your child needs soothing, then you can still be there for them, but aim to slightly keep your distance as this will help prevent you catching whatever they have. Tell them you love them as much as you can, and soon you will be able to get back to normal with everyone feeling great.