Tips For A Germ-Free Playroom
When kids are around, even frequent hand washing isn't enough to keep the germs out of the house. When germs get into the house, the playroom becomes a hot zone where everything is at risk of becoming contaminated. There are a few tricks to keeping the germs out. Here are 5 tips for a germ-free playroom.
It's nearly impossible to monitor your kids while they're at school, and during cold and flu season, that means you don't know which sick kids they're coming in contact with. While you don't know who they're hanging out with at school, you have some say in who they hang out with after school. This just means you should limit playdates and after-school groups when everyone is sick. It may seem severe not to let them play, but it's worth it if you can reduce the risk of them getting sick.
Sharing is one of the biggest lessons we try to teach our kids, but during cold and flu season, you might want to temporarily put a ban on sharing. You can't be at school monitoring whose ball they picked up or if they used their own utensils, however, you can encourage them not to touch other kids' belongings until flu season has passed. It reduces the risk of your kids bringing germs home to land in the playroom.
While you may try to keep your kids from picking up germs, you want to make sure to take care of the ones they could be spreading around, too. Be sure to wipe down their toys daily with a disinfectant. You don't have to wipe down all of the toys, but try to keep an eye on the ones they play with frequently. While you're at it, put the cleaning supplies to work on surfaces your kids touch a lot like door knobs, handles of drawers and light switches. The more places you blast with cleaning fluids, the less likely your kids (and you) will get sick.
You may not be able to clean your carpets, but wash any throw rugs, blankets and body pillows that are used frequently during cold and flu season. Fabric has a lot more surface area where germs can land and thrive; when left unwashed for enough time, fabric can become a germ hotbed. With some hot water and soap, those germs may not spread.
Trash Can Consciousness
Make sure your kids are throwing away their used tissues in the proper receptacles. Germs can live outside the body for two days -- sometimes longer -- so it's important to isolate the dirty tissues. Leave the tissue boxes next to wastebaskets or toilets so your kids have a place to put them as soon as they're done blowing their noses. This way, the tissues don't float around the house spreading germs further. Be sure to also remind kids to always wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after blowing their nose.
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