Right now, my children are sick with some sort of stomach virus and I really don’t want them to share their germs with me. Why? When you are the mom of 5 and your husband travels frequently with work, “sick days” just aren’t an option.
How do you stay healthy when the kids are sick? The best way is to implement common sense preventative strategies and when you do get sick, get medical attention right away.
Get Your Rest
When the kids are sick, it’s best to sleep when they sleep. I find that my kids usually take an afternoon nap when they are really sick. I’ve learned to try to rest too. For some reason, night time is always a bad time when your kids are sick. Don’t count on getting too much sleep then.
Take Your Vitamins
I really do think this helps, at least to keep your immune system strong. I also drink ou tea when my kids are sick. I’ve taken some immune building supplements during these times too. I like to think that I’m helping to keep myself healthy. I can’t say for sure.
Wash Your Hands
I’m careful to wash my hands regularly when the kids are sick. I certainly wash my hands after I’ve cleaned up after their sick “messes”. For extra measure, I sanitize my hands too.
Clean the Air
I spray with Lysol which I believe is supposed to kill germs, and I do run an air purifier. I hope that this helps to lower the amount of virus germs floating around, but again, I’m not entirely sure.
Despite your best efforts, you may get sick. I’ve found that it’s best to go to the doctor right away instead of waiting until you are REALLY sick before making that appointment. Your recovery time will be less, and you actually might be able to stop the illness from progressing.
I went to the doctor immediately after coming down with the flu a few years ago. They were able to give me some medicine to help with my symptoms. The catch was that the medicine would only work if it was given within 48 hours of the onset of the virus. I was glad I got there within 48 hours!
It’s also good to have a backup plan just in case you do get sick. I usually have meals and some soup in the freezer just in case. I can pull these out for quick meals if I’m not feeling well.
If you have family that is close by, perhaps you can work out an arrangement where they can watch your children for a few hours so you can get some rest. However, this isn’t an option for everyone. If you are sick and can’t get any childcare help so you can rest, you need to pace yourself and prioritize. Do what absolutely has to be done and try to ignore the rest!
In an ideal world, parents wouldn’t get sick. For that matter, neither would children. We don’t live in an ideal world though. Use common sense, take care of yourself, and if you do get sick, realize that all things eventually pass.