There will be times when your child is sick, or you or your partner is sick, and it can be all too easy to lie in bed and hope that your body fights it off naturally. During these illnesses, you just can’t will yourself to do anything, and even if it is not an illness that keeps you bedbound, there can still be itching, scratching, and discomfort.
There are ways to combat these illnesses and ailments before they take hold. In fact, much of this is avoidable. While you can’t keep an eye on everybody all the time, especially when they are at work or school, you can take measures to ensure that any bugs, infections, or pests get picked up along the way.
Head lice are something that will no doubt strike your child or their classmates at some point during their school years. Typically it is when they are young and comes from interacting with other children at school during playtime or in class.
And while lice aren’t necessarily dangerous, they can be irritating and have the potential to spread much further than the classroom. If you find your child has caught lice, then keeping them away from school to prevent them spreading is the first step you need to take. Following this, looking for treatment at services such as The Lice Place will remove them from your child and any other members of the family that might have been infested.
COLD AND FLU
Cold and flu can strike at any time, but during flu season this is especially frequent. While you might think your family is safe because they have already had their flu shots, there are new strains evolving every year, and if you want to keep fit and healthy during flu season, then topping this up is essential.
Should a cold or flu strike in your family, then ensuring that they get lots of rest and fluids to keep them hydrated. Furthermore, identifying the proper medicine used to battle off such ailments will help their bodies overcome the illness and be as right as rain. When it comes to colds, mitigate this eventuality by wrapping them up warm and having them practice basic hygiene will reduce the risk of getting sick considerably.
Infections can occur when a cut or graze is not cleaned and taken care of properly and also from eating food that may not have been cooked all the way through or was dirty. While you can try to do your best to ensure that you keep your family safe from harm, you can’t follow them wherever they go.
Should you be greeted by your children all cut up from an exploration through the woods, it is wise to check for any little scratches here and there and ensure to soak them in water and rub with disinfectant. This can reduce the risk of illnesses such as impetigo. Furthermore, thoroughly washing and cleaning any food you eat such as fruit or vegetables as well as investing in a meat thermometer to ensure that everything is cooked through will save any food-poisoning related illnesses.
There are times where you can’t avoid getting sick, and those are the times that suck. However, there are basic steps you can take to ensure that you and the whole family do not fall ill to things that are and will be avoidable. No one enjoys being ill, and so reducing this risk as much as possible will make for a happier, healthier home.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.