Many people tend to believe that people can only catch a “bug” during the wintertime. But in reality, people can really get sick all year round — and that’s particularly true for children. Whether it’s the common cold, flu, allergies, or another kind of illness, when your little ones get sick, it’s never a great time as a loving guardian.
One of the most important things you can do when your little ones fall ill? After giving them the love and care they need, turn your focus on thoroughly cleaning your home. The rest of your family — and your future self — will thank you!
Why the focus on cleaning? In essence, making sure that you get in a solid cleaning when someone gets sick is a powerful step you can take to help prevent the germs and viruses that cause the illness from spreading around the house.
Working efficiently to clean and sanitize your household surfaces — especially the germiest parts of the home — can help make life easier on the entire family. The faster you contain and eliminate the “yucky” stuff, the more likely it is that the rest of your household will be able to avoid falling sick, as well.
So, what are the areas of the house that should be at the top of your list, in order to prevent those pesky germs from spreading? And what steps can you take to help make sure your clean home is comforting for your patient while they get better?
Here’s how you can give the best to your little ones when they are in need of relief, while also preventing the sickness from spreading in the days and weeks ahead:
Give the Patient Lots of Time to Rest – In Their Own Personal Space
This may be an obvious idea, but you’d be surprised how often families forget it.
After all, living in the house together for as long as you have, it’s easy for everyone to get used to being together and having a regular routine. But when someone gets sick, it’s important to take a step back and make sure you’re thinking of the health and well-being of the whole family.
Making sure a sick child gets plenty of rest and relaxation and has their space away from the family can help ensure they recover as quickly as possible — while also helping to prevent germs from spreading to you and the rest of the household.
Make sure that your sick guy or girl has a comfortable place to rest, one that’s separate enough from the rest of the family that you don’t risk cross-contamination. Set up a regular schedule to bring what they need — from tissues, to comic books, to bottles of water — and encourage them to get as much rest as possible.
How to Clean the Areas of the House
Of course, kids are sprightly and full of energy, and your little one may still go out and about to other rooms of the house. Germs spread easily and quickly, especially those nasty ones that lead to illness. Sitting down to dinner, lounging around in the living room, even riding around in the car to go to doctor’s appointments — these are all prime times for your little patient to spread their germs around the house. Plus, it can be tricky to know how many things they touched and spread germs to before they began showing symptoms.
For all these reasons and more, it’s important to focus your attention on certain areas of the house, in order to stop germs from spreading. Here are a few target areas to focus on cleaning while your little one recovers:
After your little one has rested up from their sickness, be sure to wash their sheets, towels, and other linens in hot water, to help kill lingering germs and get rid of any nastiness. Be sure to take some time to wipe down surfaces in the room, and remember to sanitize some of the spots you may normally pass over, like door and drawer handles, toy chests, window latches, keyboards and remotes, and so on. Pesky germs love to hang out on these much-used but often-overlooked areas. Be sure to take out the trash, as well! Germs and viruses positively love to collect and spread out of full trash bins.
For many families, the kitchen is something of a makeshift operating room when someone falls ill. Plenty of sick kids stop by the kitchen to take their medications, refill their water cups, or grab a snack in order to “feed a cold,” as the old saying goes. Be proactive about keeping your kitchen clean, wiping down surfaces and thoroughly sanitizing any plates, cups, bottles, or silverware used by the sick family member.
We know the bathroom topic can be pretty unseemly when having to deal with a sick child — and everybody hates the awful side effects of the flu!
Once the illness has died down, be sure to take some time to thoroughly address the bathroom with a deep cleaning. Scrub the toilets and floors, and remember to sanitize and wipe down those germ-collecting surfaces like door handles, faucets, and medicine cabinets. Change out any hanging towels and take out the trash.
If your child contracted Strep, it’s also important to change out their toothbrush, as the bacteria is incredibly contagious. It’s also recommended to disinfect the toothbrush holder and the surrounding area.
We do suggest trying to keep your child in their own personal space to prevent spreading the illness, but of course, we also know that your little one may venture out of “quarantine” from time to time. Whether your patient calls the couch home over the course of their illness, or they just come out for family movie night, it’s still important to address shared living spaces during and after a child gets sick.
Be sure to sanitize all of the surfaces during and after the illness period. Get the areas you know you should — floors, windows, tabletops, and so on — but also take some time to address those trouble spots you might overlook during a regular routine cleaning, like remotes, toys and games, light switches, and door knobs. Be sure to wash any sheets or blankets that your little one used after their illness has subsided.
When the Bug Goes Around, Sweeping Dimensions Can Help!
Your family is busy enough as it is. Adding an illness to the mix can make things even tougher. Well, bringing in a professional cleaning service to help out may be just what the doctor ordered!
With Sweeping Dimensions at your service, you can get your home prepared for any sick days that could come your way, and easily get your household back up and running once it’s done serving as a makeshift doctor’s office.
Being a parent and caring for your family when a bug is going around can be one of the toughest jobs there is. Bringing on the assistance you need can make the job much easier, giving you back the peace of mind that you deserve, while ensuring that your regular cleaning routine gets done.
Here at SDCS, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful – and that includes stepping in to help all the moms, dads, aunties, and grandparents who need to recover after a sick day.
We’ll give you back time to really care for your little ones, all while making sure that your home is cleaned to the highest standards.
With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your unique needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean your home, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products. We also offer flexible time windows, perfect for busy parents on the move.
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