What To Do When Parents Bring Home The Bug

0:42 - Proper Hand washing
1:12 - Cough or sneeze into your elbow
1:41 - Put on some new clothes after arriving from work
2:11 - See a doctor!

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Hey everybody, Harper Jones with Bow-Tiger, and you are watching Saturdays with Harper. And you'll have to excuse me today, I am a little under the weather, but I thought, what a good opportunity to bring up the topic of how to avoid getting the rest of your family sick when you're sick. Now I know, typically, we think about the kids, the toddlers, the little children in school bringing the sicknesses home, and then the adults and the rest of the kids in the household getting sick, but sometimes it is vice-versa and when it's vice-versa, it makes us feel so bad because we, the parents, are bringing sickness home, like I'm doing right now, and trying our best to avoid getting the rest of our family sick. So how can we do this?

The first thing that you want to remember is that you have instilled in your child a lot of best practices for when they are sick to make sure that they don't spread germs. Well, you want to take advantage of these same best practices and use them, as well, to avoid getting the rest of your family sick. One of those things, and the most important, would be proper hand washing. You want to make sure that you are periodically washing your hands throughout the day and that you are washing them properly with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds, and this will make sure to kill the germs.

The other thing that you want to do to make sure that you're not spreading germs is make sure that you're not coughing into your hands or sneezing into your hands because a lot of the time, what do we do with our hands afterwards? We use them to touch something, grab something, and then as soon as we do that, we spread germs on to the rest of our family. So what you'll want to do is, instead of doing that, is you want to cough or sneeze into your elbow, and this really helps to limit the amount of germs that get out into the air, and also limit the amount of germs that get onto your hands and fingers. So make sure to do that, as well.

If you do work outside the home and you work in any type of medical practice, whether it be a hospital, a doctor's office, a dental office, do make sure that the clothes that you wear home, which are typically some sort of scrubs, make sure that you do not wear those in the door. Or, if you wear them in the door, they come right off into the laundry and you put on some new clothes because those clothes, a lot of the times, carry a lot of germs that could pose an issue to our children and aid to get the rest of our family sick, which we definitely don't want.

Okay, so we went over some different things that we can do throughout the household. One other thing that I wanted to mention, and it's really, really big for you parents, and this is for you parents, it's not for your kids, when you are sick, don't deny going to the doctor. I know a lot of the time when I am not feeling well I try to tell myself, "I'll be fine. I'm good. I just need a day to rest. Blah, blah, blah." Well, if you've gone more than three days and you're still feeling pretty ill, it probably is time to see the doctor, and instead of feeling like, "Man, I wimped out and I went to the doctor," instead of feeling that way, feel like, "Okay, I'm doing a good thing. I'm going to the doctor to see if I need any other medication besides the over-the-counter that I'm taking at home," because you want to make sure that your children don't experience the same illness as you. So seeing the doctor is not wimping out whatsoever, it's taking care of the problem, taking care of the issue, and biting it in the bud.

Anyways, again, I'm Harper Jones from Bow-Tiger and this is Saturdays with Harper, and if you're watching this video on YouTube or Facebook, please be sure to check out our blog on bow-tiger.com. We'll see you next week, guys. Bye.


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