I found this note from Nate's school in my inbox this morning:
Thanks for that; I've been throwing up for three days.There have been increased reports of "norovirus like illness" in King County.Norovirus is the name of a group of viruses that is a common cause of viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) outbreaks. Although people who have norovirus infection may feel very sick for several days, the illness is seldom serious.Symptoms include:Nausea/vomiting/watery diarrheaStomach crampsFever/chills, headache, muscle achesIt is very contagious, spread by person to person contact.Prevention includes:-HANDWASHING before eating, after using the toilet, before preparing food.-Clean and disinfect surfaces that have been contaminated with vomit or stool.
In honor of "Norovirus like illness" that is now ransacking King County here is very first Parenting Geekly product reccomendation:
Bath and Body Works PocketBac Deep Cleansing Hand Sanitizer
Look, I understand why hand sanitizer is bad. If it's over used it can create resistant super-bacteria that's bound to kill us all. I also understand that plain ol' soap and water is perfectly capable of killing most bacteria on our hands. In a perfect world I would have access to a sink and soap whenever my progeny decided to wipe their boogers on my hands,and the park would offer hand washing stations so that when my kids were done playing on the swing set - which your precious little snowflake just finished slobbering all over- we could wash up. Being a parent we find ourselves covered in ick at the most inopportune times, that's when I love my PocketBac. They are tiny. I keep them in my purse, in my car, in my diaper bag and in my stroller. They come in about a bazillion fragrances (and unscented if you're no fun), and they are super cheap (on sale online and in stores now for 5 for $5- Tip: They are all $1 after 5, so don't let the sales people upsell you if only want 6). They also sell a cool little rubber cover for them with a loop for attaching to a stroller, backpack or belt loop.
Buy them here.