October 25, 2016

infection preventionHow You Can Break the Chain of Infection

You know the feeling: you wake up and everything hurts. Your head is splitting, your nose is running, and your body aches. Despite all the plans you had for the day, you slowly come to terms with the fact that you have an infection. If you’re a parent, you start wondering if the kids already have it and how to prevent it if they don’t.

One thing’s for sure: waking up sick is not a great way to start the day. Whether it’s the flu, the common cold, or something more serious, having an infection is inconvenient, unpleasant, and dangerous. While there’s no sure way to stop all infections, there are big steps you can take to keep you and your family infection-free.

In Your Home

  • Clean your hands. Hands are an infection’s best friend; they spread germs all over the home. Use hand sanitizer or soap and water to clean your hands after coming home from public, using the restroom, or handling raw foods.
  • Avoid foodborne illness with safe cooking. Microbes can live and thrive on almost any type of food. Storing and preparing food safely will help remove those germs and make the food safe to eat. Click here for safe cooking tips.
  • Practice safety with your pets. To keep infection from spreading around the home, clean up pet messes immediately, keep them from drinking from the toilet, and get your pets vaccinated on schedule. Additionally, keep pet toys, dishes, and beds clean.
  • Disinfect tables, counters, and other surfaces regularly. Always disinfect a surface after preparing food on it.

Out and About

  • Say no to the school flu. Teach your children to properly wash their hands, and send them to school with hand wipes and/or tissues.
  • Wash your hands after using public transportation. While public transportation is convenient and environmentally friendly, it is also packed with germs.
  • If you’re heading out of town, talk to your doctor about any vaccinations you may need. You don’t want an infection to ruin your good time!

For the Kids

Between daycare, school, and the playground, children come into contact with plenty of microbes daily. By teaching children about infection prevention, you can help keep them safe – even when you’re not nearby. You can use ACE’s clean superhero to talk to your children about fighting germs and staying healthy.

Ready for fewer infections in your home every year? Give these tips a shot. For more healthy living tips, make sure to follow Epic Health Services on Facebook.