It’s that time of the year again when kids go back to the school after a nice summer vacation. But guess what? Monsoon has arrived in most parts of the country by this time. This presents a huge challenge to parents who have to manage the back-to-sick season, as schools throw open their doors to sore throats and runny noses, flu bugs and never-ending colds. When kids go back to school, they bring home germs which are a nightmare to treat. So we bring to you 5 best ways to avoid those nasty school germs.
5 Best Way To Avoid School Germs
1. Keep Hands Off Eyes, Nose and Mouth
Children have a constant habit to touch their eyes, nose and mouth. Your hands are constantly picking up bacteria and viruses from the environment. Schools are the perfect place for germs to proliferate as kids come into direct contact with other kids. This leads to transfer of bacteria and viruses from one another. This is main sources of infections, colds, coughs, runny nose etc. When your hands come into direct contact with membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth, you are inviting germs into the body thus exposing to illnesses. Teach your children not to cough or sneeze directly into the open or their hands. Instead, use a paper napkin or tissue to cover the mouth with or sneeze on and throw it away in the dustbin. This will prevent the spread of infection.
2. Stay Home When Sick
It is essential that your children attend school regularly and on time for a good academic life. However, it is advisable that you should not send your children to school when they are ill. Keep germs in school to a minimum and let the child recover from their acute illness before you send them back to school. Ask yourself some important questions like:
Is your child too sick to sit in the classroom and participate in any activities?
Is the illness of your child contagious that it can be passed onto other children?
Does your child need more care than the school staff can offer without it affecting other children?
If you answer is yes to any of the above then please let your child recover before sending them back to school.
3. Promote and Encourage Hand Washing
It can’t be said enough that you should be promoting hand washing in all possible scenarios to your children. On an average, a young child is off school at least 5-6 times a year due to cold and cough. Encourage them to use soap and water to wash their hands. This will prevent transmission of infection. Remind them to wash their hands throughout the day, especially after using the bathroom, before eating lunch and after using shared school equipment, like computer keyboards. Refer to our hand washing article here.
4. Watch out for Bag-teria
Backpacks are excellent for carrying books and school supplies. They also have the potential to carry bacteria, including faecal matter. Just imagine what happens when your kids toss their backpacks onto the kitchen counter when they get home. To prevent spreading those hitchhiking germs to surfaces where you prepare and eat food, make tables and countertops a no-go zone for backpacks. Occasionally wipe off the bottom of backpacks with an appropriate cleanser.
5. Prevention is the key
Prevention is the best form of medicine. Make sure your children and everyone in your family is up to date on their vaccinations to avoid catching illnesses.
To summarise, Keep your kids and your family in an overall healthy lifestyle, to boost the immune system and ingrain life-long good habits. In spite of everything, there will still be some school-related germs and resulting illnesses throughout the school year. Your best efforts will pay off in fewer missed school days and healthier kids, but runny noses and messy sneezes are a fact of life for years to come.
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