Many families affected by a natural disaster have had to move in with other family members or friends. Some may need to live in these more crowded living arrangements for quite some time. This close proximity can lead to acute illnesses – colds, coughs, ear infections, sinus infections, intestinal viruses and the flu. At best, a flu shot might prevent influenza. What to do about all the other illnesses? There’s actually much a family can do to effectively protect themselves against illness.
Teach Good Hygiene
Traditional wisdom has us teaching our children to keep their hands away from their faces, to sneeze into their sleeve and to wash their hands frequently, especially before eating. All this is hard enough for an adult to remember let alone trying to teach a child with developmental challenges. Luckily, in the meantime, avoiding germs isn’t the only solution. We can also work on building up our immune systems so they can withstand the onslaught of viruses and bacteria.