How to Be a Supermom When You’re Sick

Dr. Steve Salvatore March 6, 2018

You may consider yourself a Supermom, but even Supermoms can get exposed to the “Kryptonite” of germs and viruses, and temporarily get knocked down for the count. So, Moms, listen up: Here are some things you should avoid which will help restore your Supermom status, along with things to embrace which help enhance this status.

The Dont’s

Don’t use the same toothbrush. It’s best to replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. By doing so, you will avoid spreading germs to the nearby toothbrushes of other family members.  And, if you don’t replace the toothbrush, you are risking the possibility of re-infecting yourself. When in doubt, throw it out, so you can stay a healthy mom!

Don’t reuse lip products such as lip balm, lipstick and lip gloss without sanitizing them. It’s a good idea to wipe off the top layer of such products with a tissue sprayed with rubbing alcohol. An exception to this rule would be if you recently had Strep throat. Strep bacteria can live much longer than other germs, so it’s best to throw away any lip products you may have used when infected.

Don’t overdo it in any way shape or form. It’s “winter party and get together season.” Between all the people gathered in tight spaces, sugary treats and alcohol – a recipe is in the works that will take a toll on an already weakened immune system which will ruin your healthy mom status.

Don’t forget to exercise. It’s OK to exercise if your symptoms are above the neck (e.g., sore throat, sneezing, headache) and it may truly help you feel better. But if your symptoms are below the neck (e.g., body aches, fatigue or fever), you’re probably better off giving it a rest.

The Do’s

Do yourself a favor and everyone else you work with. If you’re sick, stay home. You’ll only get sicker and infect everyone else around you.

Do get some fresh air. A little cold outside air won’t hurt you and might very well help. Plus, you’ll escape rebreathing all that infected indoor area for a while.

Do continue to breastfeed. Yup – that one’s a shocker. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t infect your baby by breastfeeding. Even if you’re not a healthy mom, your baby can still be. The fact is you might help prevent infection by passing on your antibodies to the baby!

Do see the doctor if you suspect flu or if you simply aren’t improving after a few days.

Remember, Supermom, STAT Health is always here to help!