Goodbye Germs – 4 Ways to Keep Illness Away

So, I don’t know about you, but the cold, flu, allergies, stomach bug, really whatever you can think of, has plagued our home over the past couple of months. When you have kids in daycare, I think the chances of passing along germs spreads 100 times faster…just from my own experience. I’ve been on a personal crusade against germs and have found 4 fail-proof ways to keep illness at bay.

Here are the 4 H’s to keep in mind:


  1. H2O – Water is our friend. Water is our friend. Water is our friend. Say this mantra over and over again and keep hydrated. Adults should drink roughly 2 liters (eight 8-ounce glasses) of water daily. I try to keep water in my kids’ hands at all times, especially when they are at home. I carry my CamelBak with me to work every day and the boys have their own water bottles they trucked around everywhere we go. We LOVE water and staying hydrated actually keeps the sickness away.
    I would check with your pediatrician in regard to how much water your little one should drink on the daily. 
  2. Hotspots – Finding a good cleaner that is safe for the kids and pets as well as keeps the house free of germs is almost impossible to find, until now! CleanWell is a miracle brand keeping families safe from harsh chemicals as well as creating a healthy environment. We love the Botanical Bathroom Disinfectant, Botanical Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner, and Botanical Disinfecting Wipes. These awesome products kill up to 99.9% of household germs including Influenza A, Rhinovirus, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, and so much more. Cleaning with these in illness hotspots – those places where germs grow at a rapid rate – like toilets (also handy when you have boys), sinks, desks, doorknobs, etc. can help eliminate the spread of germs. I honestly can’t get enough these products. They make cleaning easier without needing to rinse and there is no harsh chemical residue floating through the air. Go to their website >> << to find a store near you who sells these AWESOME products or check them out on Amazon. Three cheers for CleanWell!

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  3. Hands up – My kids are so use to me saying “hands up” when we are in a public bathroom, battling sickness in the house, or maneuvering through a store. Germs are everywhere and I’m all about building the immune system, but keeping their hands off of hotspots can make a big difference. The CDC has notated how viruses, like the flu, can live on a hard surface for two to eight hours. Yikes! With the way things spread through daycare, taking extra steps when out and about is necessary. My kids know not to touch a handle without me wiping it down.
  4. Hot (really warm) water – Ya’ll we should all know this one, but soap and hot/warm water is the way to go. When you have kids their idea of washing hands is to throw them under the running faucet for half a second, wipe off excess water on their pant leg, and move on with their lives. By finding a catchy song or rhyme that lasts around 20 seconds can keep them washing their hands for the allotted amount of time. They should be washing their hands every time they leave the bathroom, before they sit down to eat, as well as when they come home from school/park/outings. CleanWell has a wonderful foaming hand soap that comes in four scents – Spearmint Lime, Ginger Bergamot, Lavender, and Orange Vanilla. I LOVE the Spearmint Lime; it is divine!

Now these are just four ways to keep the germs away, so I want to know, how do you keep your house protected from sickness? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Preschool Plague

Every parent who has ever put their child in preschool or daycare knows all to well, what I like to call, the preschool plague. You know, when your child’s nose streams fluorescent green snot, their eye-lids are crusty from the obscene amount of congestion building up inside, and they have this incessant need to croupy cough right into your face.

Each member of my family has contracted about ever pediatric illness known to man and a few that I believe have been dormant for years, since my son has reentered preschool. It’s as if we have all touched the snot encrusted teddy bears, trucks, and blocks that are around the classroom. No amount of hand washing, hand sanitizing, or Lysol can save you from this pandemic.

My poor son within the last month and half has had a sinus infection, cold/congestion, and ear infection. We get over one hurdle to be introduced to the next. During this time, I have tested numerous vapor rubs, nasal aspirators, and fever reducers. Here are my thoughts and what I feel is the best bang for your buck and sanity as a parent.

Vapor Rub: Now I’ve been known to use vapor rub personally when I haven’t needed it, because there is nothing like taking a deep and clear inhale through the nose. With my little one’s cold and congestion I have tested a number of infant/toddler friendly rubs.

Maty’s All Natural Petroleum and Menthol Free Baby Chest Rub was a staple when he was very small, and I have every plan on using it with boy babe number two, but I needed something a little stronger this time around. I will say, this natural remedy does not leave a sticky residue and holds a mild scent, but does the trick for the tiny ones.

Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Soothing Chest Rub is the perfect rub for those kids who are between a mild and severe cold. The eucalyptus, lavender, and beeswax chest rub has the perfect amount of fragrance and its application is clean and mess free. At the earlier stages of illness, this rub is ideal!

Vick’s Baby Rub Soothing Ointment is my vapor rub champion. When the preschool plague took full effect, I needed the strongest stuff I could find. With a twist of the cap, my son’s nasal passages immediately open up. When we snuggle before bedtime, I catch a whiff and my nose opens up too. Can one have a deep love for a chest ointment? If so, I’m madly in love!

*Another tip when it comes to vapor rubs, I put a little bit on both of his feet with socks. Does it do anything? I’m not sure, but it provides my son with needed comfort when it’s time for bed.

Nasal Aspirators: There is no question when it comes to nasal aspirators, always go with the Nose Frida. It is the perfect way to suck all of those boogers right out of their nose. As the website states, “it’s totally safe (for parents AND baby).” If the Swedes created it, it must be great, right!? I pair my Nose Frida with a few sprays in each nostril of Little Remedies Sterile Saline Mist. This power packed spray helps “moisturize and flush out mucus to clean little noses.” This combination works so well, that my kid comes up to me and asks for me to clean out his nose. If your two-year-old is asking for his nasal aspirator and saline mist, it must be GREAT!

*Another tip when it comes to saline mist, alternate mists from one nostril to the next.

The Tried and True: When it comes to the fevers and pain of ear and sinus infections, alternating between Infants Tylenol and Children’s Motrin, under a doctor’s supervision and designated dosage, is a must. My sons on an antibiotic as well as these pain and fever reducers, and we have seen a complete change in his mood and behavior.

*Remember, always refer to your pediatrician before administering these drugs. Your doctors will know and understand the appropriate dosage for your little one.

For all the parents out there who send their children to preschool, I send you my positive thoughts, surgical face mask, and Tide to Go Sticks for the snot crust you’ve accumulated on your shirt sleeve from your little one. You may find that these products provide you and your child some much needed comfort. God speed!