When a Cold or Flu Strikes a Family Member

From Drugs.com - September 21, 2017

When a Cold or Flu Strikes a Family Member

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 -- When one child gets sick, you might brace yourself for everyone getting sick. But it's possible to keep healthy family members from falling ill, too.

When taking care of a sick child, handwashing is more important than ever. All healthy family members should wash frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Do this after every contact with the sick person, their room and bathroom, and any items he or she used.

Handwashing is a must after:

Forget sharing right now -- this extends from food, drinking glasses and utensils to combs, brushes and clothing, including hats and scarves.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your best bet is to create a sick room within your home for the patient, away from all common areas like the kitchen and family room. If you have more than one bathroom, designate one just for him or her. Clean the sick room and bathroom daily with a disinfectant.

And follow these smart clean-up rules:

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