Well the kids are back to school and the cold and flue season has started already. I frequently see colds go round and round in families. The germs are brought home from school and passed on to family members again and again. The best way to deal with these illnesses is not to get them in the first place. So what to do? I have listed many ideas on my website at www.southingtonchiropractor.com . Please visit there for more ideas.
Chiropractic helps you avoid colds and flue. If a person’s immune system is functioning properly, catching a cold is pretty difficult. Eating properly with a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats with foods high in vitamins and minerals is very important for children and adults. As a chiropractor, I know that your nervous system controls the immune system function, so making sure your spine is function up to par is also important. Children, who eat poorly with a lot of junk food, can catch on the average 8 colds per year most starting in school. There are many things families in Southington, Bristol, Cheshire and surrounding areas can to do to decrease these odds and keep the whole family healthy.
First, visit your chiropractor to boost your immune system and avoid colds and flue. Washing your hands frequently through out the day is important for kids and well as the teachers. Rub vigorously for at least 20 seconds- about the time it takes to sing “Happy birthday” twice. Make sure the daycare staff washes their hands as well. Ask if common surfaces are disinfected such as drinking fountain handles, water faucets in sinks, light switches, paper towel dispensers, handles and doorknobs. Germs can live a long time. Make sure desks and keyboards are wiped down. Researchers at the University of Arizona found that these surfaces ranked high in E. Coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Streptococcus, Salmonella and Staphyloccocus aureus. Send your child to school with disposable wipes and virucidal tissues. Sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands to prevent spreading the viruses and germs.
Don’t borrow crayons, use mechanical pencils to avoid sharpeners, hang backpack and purses on hooks especially in public bathrooms. The bottom of purses and backpacks are bad with 25% fecal bacteria present due to putting the purse on the floor of the restroom. Ask the teacher to use a high-efficiency particulate-arresting (HEPA) filter which can remove 99.7 of the pollen, dust, animal dander and bacteria from the air.
At home, kitchens harbor more bacteria than any other room including the bathroom. Kitchen sponges are the #1 source of germs which love the moist micro-crevices present. Wet the sponge and pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Allow the sponge or dish rag to dry out because bacteria can only live in moist environments. Disinfect cutting boards and sink drains. Avoid making lunch while you do the laundry. The germs present in clothes can spread to the food. Wash your hands after doing laundry.
There are hundreds of other ideas which can help decrease your chances of catching the cold or flu. The internet site, WebMD, has a whole section of ideas many of which are included in this article. By doing a little preventive care, you can enjoy the fall and winter season.