We are now several weeks into the new school year, and while we are all busy establishing and adjusting to new routine, those pesky back-to-school germs are already starting to make their rounds.
No matter how much you may try to stay clear of those back-to-school germs, they will eventually find their way into your home. It is inevitable when you have children.
While you may not want to thing about the looming cold and flu season, rest assured knowing that there are some preventative measures that you can take to try to keep your family feeling healthy.
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Fighting those back-to-school germs doesn’t have to be a never-ending battle. Here are 7 tips to help kids combat back-to-school germs:
Wash your hands often. Teach your kids to wash their hands often. Some prime times to wash your hands, include before eating, after coming inside from outdoor play, upon arriving home from school, and after each and every visit to the washroom. Use a soap like Kandoo Foaming Hand Soap that offers a coloured foam that will show your child that they have evenly lathered the soap over their hands. Handwashing is only good if you wash your hands for at minimum 20 seconds. Children should aim to do this at school. I have taught my kids to sing the Happy Birthday song twice in their head before rinsing.
Stay hydrated and consume a well-balance diet. Aim to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. As well, keep up with eating a well-balance diet that is full of lots and fruits and vegetables.
Teach your child the elbow cough. If your child feels the urge to cough, teach them not to cough into their hands, but rather to cough into their elbow to help limit the spread of germs.
Clean the germ hotspots in your home regularly. Aim to wipe down surfaces in your home often. The spots I like to hit daily with my disinfectant wipes, include, faucets, counter tops, tables, light switches and toys.
Try to teach your children to keep their hands away from their face. If they feel the urge to sneeze or like they have a runny nose, encourage them to use a Kleenex or Boogie Wipes to do so. Common colds and other illnesses are easily spread by using dirty hands to touch areas of the face. Try to teach kids to limit that.
Maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Try to stick to a consistent wake-up and bedtime routine. Studies show that it is recommend that Preschoolers sleep 11-13 hours each night, children aged 6-13 years sleep 9 to 11 hours each night, and teenagers sleep 9 1/4 hours each night.
Take your child for their annual check-up. Haven’t seen your doctor for an annual check-up recently? Back-to-school is the perfect time to get in for check-up. Remember yours and your families health should be top priority.
Disclosure: I am a Kandoo Kids Ambassador. I receive special perks and compensation as a part of my affiliation with this group. All opinions are those of my own.