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Tips for Caring for a Sick Child

It’s that time of year again! Flu season brings sniffles, sneezes, aches, and pains! Do you have a little one home sick from school? Check out these tips to minimize catching “the bug” when caring for a sick child:

Limit exposure
Limit close interaction, especially face-to-face contact. When holding a sick child, place his or her chin on your shoulder so he or she will not cough in your face. Additionally, do not allow your ill child to share his or her food with you or other children.

Wash hands often and right away
Wash your hands after contact with a sick person. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Do not touch your face until you wash your hands. You should also wash your hands immediately after handling a sick person’s tissues, toys, or laundry.

Sanitize often
Regularly wipe down commonly-touched surfaces such as toys, door handles, and counters in your home with antibacterial wipes or spray to prevent the spread of germs. It also may help to designate a “sick room” in the house to limit a sick person’s access to others and keep illnesses contained to one room.

If you have a little one home sick, remember to follow these three tips to keep from catching whatever germs your little one brings home. However, the best protection from flu season is to get a flu shot vaccine. You may walk in any Patient First center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to receive a flu shot with little or no wait. To find a center near you, please visit our locations page.



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