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A good kind of sting

Despite hearing stories of long lines and hours of wait, we decided that our daughter’s health and well-being was worth the effort of trying to procure for her the H1N1 vaccine. We were out of the house within minutes of confirming that yes, our provider finally received a shipment at our local clinic.

When we arrived, the line was out the door, but the check-in station was just around the corner. There was a security officer there, presumably to keep the peace should anyone choose to get rowdy, but he was very nice and even gave Chloe a sticker. It goes to show how very protective of Chloe I was being, because I did not want her touching that sticker, or anything else (even though the clinic was also offering free hot chocolate). I even chose to carry her in the Beco. I did not want to risk her getting sick from anything or anybody there.

The wait was surprisingly short, maybe 25 minutes before Chloe was screened as a priority candidate. After signing a short form the nurse asked if David and if we were also wanting to be vaccinated. We answered yes. And so all three of us got the H1N1 vaccine (whew!).

FYI: Often there is a choice between the spray and the shot. Pediatric doses are only given as shots. If you have asthma, you cannot choose the spray version. And even though David has a different insurance provider, he was still able to get a dose, because these were paid for by the government.

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Baby-Safe Germ Fighters

I’m not exactly a germaphobe (okay, maybe I am), but keeping my daughter safe and healthy is my #1 priority. These days, with H1N1 and seasonal flu germs spreading like wild-fire, I always carry hand sanitizer in the diaper bag, and more recently, sanitizing wipes as well. Beware, though, that not all antibacterial products are baby friendly. Wet Ones, for example, say they are specifically for children 2 years and over, unless you use their Sensitive Skin / Extra Gentle wipes. Here are three baby-safe versions we’ve tried.

CleanWell Spray Hand Sanitizer
This is the first sanitizer I added to the diaper bag, since I don’t like the feel of Purell. It is a natural, plant-based option with no toxic chemicals, and it comes in a sleek, palm-sized bottle. For some reason, I didn’t use it all that often. I do remember that it took multiple pumps for me to get that clean feeling, and by then there was a strong mist of scent in the air. This is the least messy option since it dries quickly, and would fit even in a small purse. Kills 99.99% of germs and is 100% biodegradable.

Wet Ones Sensitive Skin / Extra Gentle

I learned about these from my sister, and zeroed in on the “Clinically Proven Safe for Baby” labeling. Since then, I usually carry a travel pack that I purchase from Target for 99¢. According to the package, these wipes are fragrance free, alcohol free, hypoallergenic and contain aloe, Vitamin E and chamomile and cucumber extract. Right now you can get $1 off coupon here.

BabyGanics Foaming Hand Sanitizer
My current favorite! I keep the large size in the kitchen, which I use to clean Chloe’s hands before meals. I rub a little on both her hands and then wipe them with a damp cloth. I also have the refillable travel size in the the diaper bag. The foam helps it feel like more of a wash than just a disenfectant. It kills 99% of germs and it is alcohol free, fragrance free and people and earth friendly.

Short of wearing white gloves everywhere (which we all may end up doing someday if things get much worse), these products offer a strong defense against unwanted germs that threaten our health and families!

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