How Can I Keep My Family Healthy During the Holidays?

November 15, 2023

This time of year is wonderful for so many reasons, but it can also be a bit stressful for parents and caregivers. All of the shopping, organizing, wrapping and coordinating can be overwhelming at times.

When you think you might finally have a handle on it all, someone inevitably gets sick in your home, which can lead to a trickle-down effect and cause your whole household to be ill.

No one wants that! Our AFC Urgent Care Fountain City team explains below some reliable ways to help your family avoid illness and enjoy the holidays in good health.

Which Infections Are Common Right Now?

Colds, the flu, COVID-19, RSV and strep throat are all common infections that tend to spike during the fall and winter months. While you can’t guarantee that you won’t come into contact with them throughout the season, you can support your body and encourage your kids to do the same.

Getting enough sleep (seven to nine hours for adults, even more for kids), eating healthy diets and exercising regularly can all bolster immune systems and help your family fend off illness. Teach proper handwashing with warm, soapy water, and avoid spending extended time in large gatherings.

Additional Health Tips for the Season

  • Bundle up when it is cold outside.
  • Get your flu vaccine.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Wear your seatbelt while traveling.

Can Foodborne Illnesses Be Prevented?

This time of year also is one of the best times of year in terms of delicious food! Each holiday party or gathering you go to will most certainly have a plethora of tasty treats and meals. While they all might look appetizing, be sure you are confident in the food before letting your family dig in.

Any prepared meat should be cooked to its recommended temperature, and any perishable food should be eaten quickly. Food that has been left to sit out for more than two hours could have a whole host of dangerous bacteria growing on it. If you are ever leery about any food options at the table, avoid them and encourage your kids to make another choice instead.

Staying Safe While Cooking

  • Use designated cutting boards for raw meat and produce.
  • Wash hands before handling food.
  • Don’t cook for others when you aren’t feeling well.
  • Understand specific allergies or dietary restrictions for those attending your party.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season! Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City if you aren’t feeling well.

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