It is time for the kiddos to head back to school. This means not only new sneakers, new notebooks, new lessons and new friends, but also new colds and other bugs that kids will share with each other. But you can fight back against the school year’s new crop of viruses and infections with these tips for how to keep your kids healthy.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it best—“Hand-washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine.” They offer a five-step process your children and you need to follow:
- Wet — with warm or cold running water
- Lather —with soap all over, fronts and backs and between fingers
- Scrub — for as long as it takes you to sing the Happy Birthday song
- Rinse — with running water until all soap is gone
- Dry — with a clean towel or air dry
The CDC recommends that hands be washed whenever food is handled. If your kids have been near someone who is sick or if they have been sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose, they should wash their hands. (Don’t forget to teach your kids to cough or sneeze into the crook of their arm if a tissue isn’t handy.) Other times that kids should be sure to wash their hands is if they have been playing with pets, handling garbage and, of course, using the toilet.
Good hand washing hygiene is essential when it comes to warding off colds and flus in your little ones, but there are some other tips for how to keep your kids healthy that you should be aware of as well.
Chief on the list—if you know your own child is sick, keep them home from school for that day. Sending them when they are contagious to school is only going to keep those germs spreading. Other ways to prevent illness in your kids is to make sure they are getting plenty of rest (kids 6-13 need 9 to 11 hours, while teens 14-17 need 8 to 10 hours) and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, including drinking water.
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