Now for the big "BUT"... As many of you know, Little Guy has only received two shots ever. And, while I'm sticking to my guns on this, I don't want to see him get sick, either. There are times when we head somewhere and there are toys for kids to play with. The library, doctor's office, even out health food store all have a nice little collection of toys that kids of all ages and healthiness play with. I have watched with a flipping stomach as one little girl with a nasty cough and green boogers chewed on a block that my son immediately picked up to play with the second she dropped it. Yeah - horrors! Even after I rushed over and washed his hands and the block, I can't be sure he didn't have those hands near his mouth first. And what if I hadn't even noticed what had happened?
Then there's my husband. He has COPD. He's got an artificial heart valve. He has a ton of other little things wrong with him that lead up to a greatly lowered immunity to germs. A simple virus to most people can become pneumonia or something worse for him in the blink of an eye. And, with all of these health-related problems come visits to doctors. he has at least one appointment a week. He goes in, grabs the pen that every other patient has touched to sign in, sits in the same waiting room chairs as everyone else, reads the same magazines... I wonder how many of the patients who were there before him were ill? How many of them actually covered their mouths with the crook of their arms when they coughed or sneezed? And how many just used their hands and then picked up the same Reader's Digest my husband is now holding? Oh, and then he comes home and picks up Little Guy or gets him something to eat, or... Well, you get the picture.
So, with cold and flu season (and all the other little illnesses that float around) coming soon, I feel it's time to do a little more than keep a sharp eye out for snotty toys and sick patients. I received a sample of Prefense to try out and, boy, am I glad. I think my favorite thing about it is that just one applications can last all day - through TEN hand-washings! This means that I can put some on Little Guy's hands before we leave for our adventures and not really have to worry about him touching things and then sticking his fingers in his mouth. I can remind my oldest to use a squirt of the foamy hand sanitizer and he can safely share pencils, hit the bathrooms, and eat lunch without washing his hands (you know he doesn't!) And hubby can just apply the 100% alcohol-free sanitizer as he's getting ready to leave for yet another doctor's appointment. They're all going to keep from picking germs up on their hands throughout the day.
According to the Prefense Web site, the hand sanitizer is non-toxic and perfectly safe for children. Because it is alcohol-free, there are two benefits that you won't see in other hand sanitizer brands: 1) Your skin won't be absorbing large amounts of alcohol repeatedly throughout the day, 2) The silica will actually work to soften your hands and the bonding film that sticks to your skin will hold moisture in.Oh, and Prefense is scented with essential oils, you don't get that nasty "hospital smell" that follows you around all day. Prefense was tested by Iowa State University and its Institute for Physical Research and Technology’s Company Assistance group, which proved that the product's anti-pathogen properties last a full 24 hours. Additionally, Prefense has been tested against different strains of Staph (including MRSA) and H1N1.
Although I feel that my family's immune systems need to work for themselves, there are times when a little extra defense will go a long way. While we will not use this every day, I can rest easy knowing that I can try to prevent my loved ones from becoming ill when "germ season" is at its peak.
If you'd like to purchase a bottle of Prefense (and they now have wipes, too!), you can visit their online store HERE. It is available on Amazon.com, too - a great deal if you get free shipping through Prime! And, finally, you can check out Prefense's store locator if you'd prefer to buy it locally.
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