washing handsEven if you don’t have school-aged children in the house, back-to-school time can be a germapalooza.

It’s just something that happens. You get more than a handful of kids in the same room and they take everyone’s advice to “share” a little too literally. Those germs can get to your baby through older siblings, by touching the shopping cart at the grocery store, and brought into your home through infected coworkers with school-aged kids.

So how do you protect your baby from back-to-school germs?

Wash your hands as soon as you come home. Between touching door knobs and shopping carts, everything else, your hands are covered in germs. You can avoid bringing those germs into your home (and straight to your baby) by making a habit of washing your hands as soon as you walk in the door. Encourage the same habit from everyone in your family and you will drastically reduce the chance your baby has of catching a bug.

Don’t wear shoes in the house. I’m all for keeping things relaxed at home but one thing I don’t go for is wearing shoes in the house. So many germs are brought in on the bottom of your shoes and carried all over your floors and carpets where your baby plays. Make a “no shoes” rule, especially during cold and flu season.

Eat nutrient dense foods. Your body is designed to fight off illness if it’s given the right tools. Eating healthy, nutrient dense foods will help strengthen your baby’s and your immune systems so that you can avoid all of those back-to-school bugs. If you really want to pack in the nutrients, give your baby a spinach and kale packed green smoothie. My one year old loves them which makes it really easy to get her to eat her veggies.

Disinfect high traffic surfaces often. There are a lot of areas in our homes that get touched all the time. Think doorknobs and stair railings. Be sure and wipe those areas down often with a disinfecting solution. I like to use vinegar and water with a little bit of tea tree oil but if you want something stronger mix up a simple bleach solution.

Make sure your baby gets plenty of sleep. Sleep is your body’s way of recharging. Getting enough sleep not only helps you feel better but it can help you fight off germs more effectively. If your baby doesn’t sleep well at night, try putting her down for an extra nap during the day to catch up on rest or adjusting your bed time routine so she’ll go to sleep earlier at night.

 

How do you protect your baby from back-to-school germs?

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