Back to school and back to germs! How does a parent help to reduce the risk of their child picking up every illness that goes through a classroom? Children are going to get sick but you can reduce the amount of illnesses that they do get by following some tips for keeping your child healthy.
Feed you child a healthy diet in order to keep their immune system as strong as possible. Breakfast is a huge part of this. Make sure they eat something in the morning. A whole grain bagel with peanut butter or even a smoothie made with yogurt and fruit will help to keep them fueled until lunch time.
Teaching your child to wash their hands properly and wash them often can help to reduce germs. Using a hand sanitizer can help also but overuse can be bad. There are now hand sanitizers that are alcohol free which reduces the risk of the hands becoming dry or irritated from the alcohol. Properly using tissues when sneezing and avoiding touching their eyes or nose can help to reduce picking up germs that can get them sick.
Teach your child to not share drinks with other children. This may seem obvious to adults but children may not think this way.
Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest in order to keep them strong and be less of a risk to pick up every illness that goes around. Rest is as important as diet in keeping your child healthy.
If your child does get sick, try not to have them resume school until they are well. Once they are well enough to go back to school, watch that they continue to get enough rest, drink plenty of fluids and eat well until their immunities are built up again. Although it can be hard for a working parent to have their child be out of school, your child’s health depends on them being able to get over being sick. If they go back to school too soon, they will only increase their risk of getting sick again.
Make sure that your child goes to school properly dressed. Layers work best. Some classrooms are kept very warm and this is a breeding ground for germs. Fall weather can be very unpredicatable and making sure that they have a jacket for chilly mornings or unexpected rainstorms can keep them healthier.