After our bout with the flu last month, I’m on a quest to avoid germs.
From December’s flu to the “Germiest” month of January, I’ve called on germ expert and spokesperson Dr. Keri Peterson (who has been featured on TODAY, The Dr. Oz Show, Women’s Health and more) for tips on how to keep your family healthy this winter.
Before we get to the tips, let’s talk about the findings on the Wet Ones Germ Report Card, a new survey conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Wet Ones.
Some of the findings may surprise you.
Did you Know?
1 in 3 kids will catch four or more colds this year
The Wet Ones Germ Report Card also found that parents with children in grades K-6 declare January to be the “germiest” month of the year with 84% of parents saying their child picks up the most germs at school.
With the recent news that this year’s flu shot is less effective than previous years and the number of flu cases increasing daily, it’s important to keep kids healthy this winter.
Parents can keep their kids healthy by following these 6 Tips to Avoid Germs:
Ward Off Germs:
Germs are spread through hand-to-hand contact or when sneezed or coughed into the air.
To minimize exposure, avoid shaking hands, keep away from others who are sick and stay out of crowded rooms.
Keep Hands Clean:
The first and easiest line of defense against the spread of germs is washing hands often, but when soap and water are not available, antibacterial hand wipes like Wet Ones® wipes are an effective alternative.
Wet Ones clean better than hand sanitizers, wiping away dirt and messes and killing 99.99% of bacteria and won’t dry out skin like alcohol-based sanitizers.
Keep them around the house, in lunchboxes, and in pockets.
Eat Immune-Boosting Foods:
The best way to boost the immune system is to increase the intake of fruits, vegetables, seafood, and yogurt.
Clear the Nose and Sinuses:
Germs often settle first in the nose and sinuses, so it’s important to keep nasal passages clear by either flushing them out with a saltwater solution or loosening secretions with a facial steamer or vaporizer.
Movement mobilizes the immune system.
Kids who sit too much – especially indoors – get sick more often.
The movement also mellows the mood, as stress depresses the immune system.
One study found that nearly 96 percent of shoe soles have traces of coliform.
Don’t know what coliform is?
It’s fecal bacteria.
Essentially, anytime you touch that mat with your feet, your giving bacteria a free ride into the house.