It’s back to school time! Everyone is (hopefully) relaxed and refreshed after the summer break. School starting is an exciting time for everyone. However, it’s important to know how to keep your kids healthy. Being around so many other kids can increase exposure to germs. Read on to check out our tips.
Wash Wash Wash
Teach your kids to properly wash their hands and to do so often. It’s actually easy to teach school-aged children how long to wash with soap and warm water. Simple tell them to sing “Happy Birthday” in their heads while washing. It’s important to tell them to wash each time they use the restroom, after playing outside, and before eating. If they do not have access to wash facilities, provide them with hand sanitizer.
Physical activity is proven to help keep children healthy. Encourage at least 1-2 hours of outdoor play, as the weather provides. The activity can help promote immunity boosters, too.
Cover Your Mouth
It’s important to teach children very early on to cover their mouths and noses when they need to sneeze or cough. It’s easiest to explain to smaller children that invisible germs from these (sometimes projectile) fluids are what can make you feel sick. If you’re able to, you might consider donating a large pump bottle of hand sanitizer, extra boxes of tissue, and even a few cans of Lysol for your child’s classroom.
You Don’t Have To Share All Of The Time
Though sharing is an important lesson to impart on children, it’s critical to teach them that there are some things they shouldn’t share. These items include water bottles, utensils, lip balm, or other items that go in their mouths. Even as parents, it’s also good practice not to share those items, either. Germs don’t care if you’re a kid or an adult!
Sleep On It
Even though some children fight sleep, it’s an important part of the body’s chance to fight illness. Sleeping naturally gives your body a break and helps it heal on its own. A good night’s sleep is also important for brain function, which is important for learning.
Choose Healthy Fuels
Junk food, including those high in fat, sugar, and sodium, can be detrimental to little bodies. While it’s important to provide balance, set up a rule about healthy foods and snacking that works for your household. Some recommendations are “healthy snacks before homework” or “only sweets on the weekends.” Try to choose foods rich in nutrients such as protein, complex carbohydrates, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The staff of MCP wants to wish you and your children a fun, happy, and successful new school year. If you have questions on how to keep your child healthy or about any of our immunizations, please ask one of our friendly team members.