12 Ways to Keep Your Child From Getting Sick at School
A new school year has begun. Help your child avoid the flu, those colds and stomach bugs that come along at school. Here are 12 tips to help your student stay healthy and free from illnesses this school year!
1. Make sure everyone in the family has an annual flu shot.
2. Teach children good hand washing habits and make sure they are washing their hands often. Make hand sanitizer available and use it when you are on the go.
Five simple and effective steps for good handwashing:
-Wet your hands with clean water.
-Lather palms, fingers, nails and backs of your hands with soap.
-Scrub for at least 20 seconds.
-Rinse your hands with clean water.
-Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean paper towel.
3. Use proper technique when sneezing or coughing. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze.
4. Regularly sanitize the surfaces that your kids regularly use. These include things such as desktops, computer keyboards and cellphones.
5. Teach your kids to give personal space to other children who are sick. This doesn’t mean to ignore them, but to avoid body contact and minimize handling items the sick child has been using, such as toys, books or markers
6. Don’t share snack or drink containers. Sharing food with friends is a generous act that should be reinforced. However, drinking from the same bottle or eating a snack from the same baggie spreads germs fast. Use individual containers to divide up the snack before eating or into cups before drinking.
7. Get plenty of exercise. Exercise boosts the immune system and helps our bodies to fight germs more effectively.
8. Use your own school supplies when possible. Sharing markers, pencils and glue sticks with someone who is sick can quickly allow those germs to spread. Provide your student with their own supplies so they do not need to borrow. Having a small personal pencil sharpener is a good idea as well.
9. Leave shoes and backpacks by the door when coming in from school. Shoes and bags pick up many germs from the floor of classrooms, school busses and bathrooms. Leaving these items by your door helps the germs from spreading around your house. It is also a good idea to Spray, wash or wipe down backpacks every couple of weeks.
10. Break the nail-biting habit and keep hands away from the eyes and mouth. Germs love to hide underneath fingernails. If we can teach our students not to touch their own faces so often, germs have less of a chance of getting into their bodies.
11. Eat healthy foods. Whole foods such as fruits and vegetables provide us with the nutrients we need to build up immune system and make our bodies work more effectively.
12. Get plenty of sleep. When we are sleeping, we are healing. While asleep, our bodies has more resources available to fight germs, bacteria and infection.