It's that time of year again: school is in session, the weather is getting (marginally) cooler, and the colds have begun. At least in our house they have. Baby Girl has been hit by two colds since the other two children have started school; nothing serious, just the annual annoying, runny nose, I-could-live-without-this-thanks, cough and cold season. We'll see the end of runny noses some time around June, but until then I do my level best to keep the really bad germs away.
I know some exposure to germs is necessary for good immune system development, but I'd much rather keep the big ones at bay. Like the time Older Girl got pneumonia and missed two weeks of school. I can do without that kind of thing, especially with a new baby coming right in the height of the Germ-a-palooza.
The problem is always that we never seem to be near soap and water when I really need the kids to wash their hands. Like when we are coming out of the grocery store or T*rget and the kids have touched every possible surface, including the insides of approximately 3.5 bathroom stalls.
So I started keeping a pump bottle of alcohol based hand sanitizer in the cup holder of my car. This works like a charm because the kids get a drop as they climb into the car to buckle themselves. And Older Girl can get Baby Girl's hands while I am loading all the junk we bought.
I use only the alcohol-based sanitizers, like Purel*, except I buy the cheap, no-name stuff. I even bought one for Rob's car, because who knows what he is picking up at work and bringing home to us. (I don't use the hand sanitizers with any kind of "antibiotics" or "antimicrobial" additives because I am afraid of creating a strain of some kind of mega-bug that could wipe out the world - but I guess that is another post entirely!)
A little drop of hand sanitizer in the car - it really works for us! (Now if only they could invent some kind of mouthwash/sanitizer combo for when the kids insist on licking the shopping cart handles . . .)