The holiday is a time for the family to celebrate. Family reunion, however, can increase the risk of family diseases. Respiratory diseases and food related diseases are the concerns. One of the most common reasons for acute visits to the doctor during Christmas is upper respiratory infections, or concerns about the common cold.
Cleansing your nose
Family members bring different viruses to the family reunion. The other family members have no immunity to these new viruses. It is a good idea to perform a daily nasal cleansing to prevent viruses spreading within the family.
Washing your hands
It is better to wash germs down the drain instead of touching your nose and eye, or touching your family member’s nose and eye, or leave viruses on these common touched area. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Keep your family warm
Protect your family’s health when it’s cold outside by keeping warm indoor, and dress warmly when go outside. Check if your indoor heating system is working properly and be prepared for power outages. A properly prepared emergency kit with warm blankets and an alternative heat source such as a fireplace may keep your family warm and healthy.
Your family’s food safely
During the holidays, food-related illness can make a festive holiday to a disaster when food is not prepared or handled properly. Be sure to wash hands and cooking surfaces thoroughly, cook foods to the proper temperature and refrigerate food within two hours of preparing it.
Reduce stress during family holiday
Never commit your family to holiday too many events. Make sure your family gets plenty of shut-eye, minimize holiday anxiety by being selective of the festivities to which you commit and leave plenty of time for relaxing at home to reduce stress.
Keep your family members active, you can boost your chances of keeping your family healthy during the holidays and well into the new year!