Soap, rinse, repeat until clean!

25719766 - mother washing baby handsRight before the school bus pulls up, you hear it: big, fat raindrops hitting the kitchen window. You leap to Plan B, pulling out the raincoats, unfurling a couple of umbrellas, or herding the kids into the car and dropping them off under the school awning.

The last thing on your mind (though they probably would enjoy it) is sending them dashing through the puddles unprotected.

So how come when it comes to protecting them against the cold and flu viruses flying around this time of year, a situation easily held in check with a few preventative measures, we’re not as quick to act?

Colds and the flu are caused by viruses, which means that antibiotics are of little use in treating them. They are contagious, quickly spreading through school and day care classrooms.

Fortunately, if you’re a WellVia member, help is close at hand if sniffles start and temperatures rise. Request a consultation via your computer, tablet, or smartphone and within minutes, you’re online with one of our board-certified, bilingual physicians. No mad dash to urgent care, no long hours in a waiting room crawling with even more viruses to catch.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could skip the illnesses altogether? It could be as simple as correctly washing your hands!

  • Teach your children how to correctly wash their hands, before eating and after using the bathroom or stopping a cough with their hand (or better yet, teach them to use the inside of their elbow). With hot water and soap, work up a lather and really scrub, between the fingers, under the nails and anywhere viruses can hide. Tell them to sing “The Alphabet Song” or “Happy Birthday” and when the song is done, so are they!
  • If soap and water isn’t available, keep a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer – 60 percent alcohol – nearby. Tell them to use it anytime they forget and touch their nose, mouth, or eyes.
  • If, despite your best efforts, your kids come down with a cold or flu, keep them hydrated with electrolyte-enhanced drinks. Make sure they get a lot of rest and keep them home until they haven’t had a fever for 24 hours. Check in with a WellVia doctor, who can give you even more tips on helping your child get over it, 24/7/365.
  • If you notice extreme reactions such as blue lips, slurred words, a high fever, or anything that tells you there’s something more going on here, call 911 and get to the hospital.
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