Our kids are going back to school this month. Common sense can go a long way toward staying healthy in school. Teach your children the basics…
- Use hand sanitizer. Give your child alcohol-based hand sanitizer to keep in his or her desk. Remind your child to use the sanitizer before eating snacks or lunch and after using a shared computer mouse, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects. You might also donate disinfecting wipes to the classroom for general use.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Give your child a package of tissues to keep in his or her desk. Encourage your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue — then put the tissue in the trash, and wash his or her hands or use hand sanitizer. If it isn’t possible to reach a tissue in time, remind your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of his or her elbow.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes and out of your mouth. Remind your child that hands are often covered in germs.
- Don’t share water bottles, food or other personal items. Offer your child this simple rule — if you put the item in your mouth, keep it to yourself.
Also help your child avoid anyone who has a communicable infection. Close contact with a friend who’s contagious — such as play dates or sleepovers — could lead to your child’s own illness.
Of course, it’s also important for your child to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and stay current on his or her vaccinations.