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Stomach Flu

 

With the school year about to begin, that also means increasing your child’s chance of becoming in contact with germs that can lead to the stomach flu.  Here are a few tips on how to decrease your chances of the stomach flu affecting you and your family.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.  Make sure to include the wrist and lower arms.  Lather up with soap using warm/hot running water for a full minute and if you can up to two minutes.

  • Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry your hands on a clean paper towel.  Germs and viruses spread when everyone uses and re-uses cloth towels.

  • Clean, cook and eat food at home.  By doing this simple task means that less people have touched your food prior to it entering your mouth.

  • Teach your child that they should wash their hands after they get done using the restroom or touching a doorknob or any other object that someone else may have touched.  Use hand sanitizer whenever possible.

  • Don’t touch your face with your hands.

  • Don’t eat anything from someone else’s lunch or snack.

  • Stay away from people that appear to be sick, even if it may be your friend.

  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home from school or work and before you have your after school snack.

  • If the flu does happen to affect your family, make sure that you wash the bedding, have your sick one take a shower and lather up really well to get rid of all those germs and then disinfect showers/bathtubs and sinks with a disinfectant, preferably chlorine bleach-based.

Wash hands