Note from Green Bambino: We are excited to welcome guest blogger Kara Carrero. She is a mom local to us that is passionate about raising her new family in an eco-friendly way. Read more of her blog posts through the link at the bottom, and look for her guests posts on our site once a month.
Simplicity of Staying Healthy – Precautionary Measures
Flu and sick season has been brutal this winter, and it has probably become top priority for you to keep your family safe and healthy. In trying to maintain a natural lifestyle, you also may be leery of receiving a flu vaccine or medicine in general. The solution to this problem is very simple – wash your hands!
We have all been told by our mothers that we should wash our hands and now as many of us are parents, we tend to relay that advice to our own children. It seems like such an easy solution, but it is probably one of the most overlooked precautions in keeping our families healthy. So the questions you should probably ask yourself are “does my family really wash their hands enough?” and “are we washing our hands correctly?”. As suggested by both the CDC and the Mayo clinic, wash your hands the following way to help avoid sickness:
- Wet your hands. It does not matter whether it is hot, warm, or cold water as long as it is running water.
- Use soap. This is the soap of your choice. It can be a bar of soap or liquid.
- Rub your hands to build up the lather. Continue washing and rubbing your hands in this fashion for at least 20 seconds. (Usually “Happy Birthday” twice if you’re not speed singing).
- Rinse your hands. After you have scrubbed those germs, wash them away with running water.
- Dry your hands. Use some sort of clean towel, or air dry to be more environmentally friendly!
If this is not possible, it is recommended that you use a hand sanitizer – we prefer CleanWell sanitizers. They are triclosan-free and based on the oil of thyme.
On top of hand-washing, don’t forget to keep your hands away from your face this time of year. In a recent study, “…researchers found that they touched surfaces in public spaces about 3.3 times each hour, and their mouth or nose about 3.6 times each hour.” All of this to say that the simple, small changes in washing your hands more often and touching your face less often may be what keeps the flu away from your household this year.
Finally, for the vulnerable babies in our families, a simple probiotic may be just the source for helping fight the germs they encounter. Since kids’ immune systems are not fully developed until at least age 6, extra support of beneficial bacteria can help fight all the bad bacteria and sicknesses. Probiotics can aid in issues from digestion to combating stomach bugs. Even in infants, probiotics can be a great precaution in helping your little ones stay healthy. As our family has been around several bugs, our 3 month old daughter has yet to come down with anything and is staying very healthy. We simply wet a fingertip and dip it into a powder version of probiotics and give it to her before feedings.
Precaution is truly the best and simplest measure we can all take in protecting our families both young and old.
Wishing you good health in 2013,
(For other tips and advice on eco-friendly living visit Kara’s blog http://ALLterNATIVEliving.blogspot.com and join discussions with other natural mothers on the OKCrunchy Moms’ Network on Facebook. Advice or suggestions in this or any other blog post should never replace the advice of your physician.)
Boice, J. (2012). The green medicine chest: healthy treasures for the whole family. New York: Morgan James.
CDC – Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives. (2013, January 11). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
Clinic Staff. (n.d.). Hand washing: Do’s and don’ts – MayoClinic.com. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/HQ00407
Not touching face may help cut flu risk – Health News – NHS Choices. (2012, December 3). NHS Choices – Your health, your choices. http://www.nhs.uk/news/2012/12December/Pages/Not-touching-face-may-help-cut-flu-risk.aspx