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You bring your kids to a birthday party, look at the moon bounce and think “sick day for mama”. It’s flu season.

In addition to helping keep people healthy with the flu prevention tips we previously shared, Clorox is finding the humor in those “What the Flu!?” moments we’ve all experienced with a new #WTFlu Tumblr page launched this week.

Check it out for some sick day entertainment and get in on the action by sharing your own flu mishaps on Twitter with the #WTFlu hashtag. They will be responding to the best tweets with #WTFlu care packages full of everything you need to get you through the rest of flu season, including: read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Baby Etiquette and Preventing RSV in Infants

Life as a new parent is so exciting and joyous. Most of the time, as new parents, we can not wait introduce our new bundle of joy to all of our friends and family. I have seen parents who will just hand their newborn over to everyone and then there are those who make sure everyone has washed their hands before touching their newest addition. Sometimes exposure to loved ones also means exposure to germs. Young infants are very susceptible to infection in the early weeks of their lives, so contracting something as small as the common cold can present danger. This is especially true for babies born early, because they have underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems.

One of the biggest threats a newborn faces is a very common virus called respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. This virus is of special concern because it’s extremely common and spreads very easily. RSV can live on surfaces, such as doorknobs, countertops, toys and bedding for several hours and is often spread through touching, hugging and kissing. Because of this, almost 100% of children contract RSV by their second birthday. In most older children, RSV runs its course with mild symptoms similar to the cold or flu, and most  parents don’t even know their child has the virus. But in very young babies, especially preemies and those with certain lung and heart diseases, it can lead to a serious respiratory infection.
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PostHeaderIcon Tips on staying healthy this Flu season + $5 Rebate

I am blessed with children who do not get sick very often. I would like to take all the credit and say it was because I nursed them but I can’t be sure of that. I am just grateful for whatever the reason. Sadly for some, it seems their children are always coming down with something.

The fall and winter is approaching quickly. It is our job as parents to keep our children healthy and minimizing the impact of cold and flu season is top of mind. Germs can spread easily when kids are in school sharing lunches and school supplies, playing with friends, and participating in extracurricular activities. It’s important to keep your kids healthy so they can stay active, alert and not miss any school. The experts at Lysol recommend getting a flu shot, washing your hands with soap and water and scrub thoroughly for 20 seconds, and routinely clean and disinfect surfaces to help stop the spread of germs. Lysol Spray and Lysol Wipes kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on hard non porous surfaces.

Here are some things we don and don’t do to stay healthy during the cold months.

1. One thing we do NOT do in our home is get flu shots. I have never had one and neither have my sons. Many many years ago, my then boyfriend, went to get one and he became sicker than you can imagine. I don’t think he left bed for more than 5 or 10 minute stretches. I have seen this happen to other people as well. I am just not willing to do that.

2. The amount of hand sanitizer around here is crazy. It’s in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, my purse and my jeep. My son even has one attached to his back pack! We use it frequently.

3. Public restrooms: this one always makes me laugh. We go in, we use the bathroom, we wash our hands, we touch the door handle and leave. How many people before you did not wash their hands and touched that door handle?I used to feel like I was some kind of germaphobe but I have seen A LOT of people doing this.. Wash your hands and then use the paper towel to open the door, hold the door with your foot or elbow and throw the towel away. I do this every time. I can’t say the boys always do but I know I have seen them do it.

4. I walk around the house several times a week with Lysol Disinfecting Wipes and wipe down all of the door knobs, remote controls, the phone and especially the video game controllers. I also wipe down frequently played with toys.

5. I sanitize our toothbrushes regularly to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria, germs and viruses. We have a sanitizer machine that uses  ultraviolet sterilizing lamps to sanitize the toothbrush, killing harmful bacteria and viruses. If it is not in your budget to buy one, soak your brush for about five minutes once a week in mouthwash to sanitize the brush of germs and bacteria.

More info on Lysol: http://www.lysol.com/mission-for-health

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I would love to hear how you keep your home a little more germ free!

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