By Tori Linville
Back to school isn’t just about backpacks and new classes. It’s the one time of year that a student’s immune system is re-exposed to millions of germs after a three month break. It’s back to the cafeteria for school lunches instead of food at home. It’s back absent-mindedly touching doorknobs and noses. If you’re not too grossed out, here are some reminders and tips to helping the transition from home to school easier on the whole family.
Stress the importance of common sense when spreading germs, meaning:
· Washing hands after using the restroom to reduce the spread of sickness. For little ones, reminding them to wash their hands through the duration of the Happy Birthday song two times in their heads can be a helpful tip.
· Cover mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing
· Keep hands away from eyes and mouth
· Regularly use hand sanitizers and disinfectants, especially after touching eyes, mouth, keyboards, community tools such as scissors, etc.
· Don’t share food, drink or personal items with classmates in order to reduce illness and other possible contagions
· Double check for possible sicknesses before arranging any play dates or sleepovers
· Pack a lunch complete with more whole grains, fruits and veggies. Low-fat dairy products and low-sodium and low-fat choices are best along with portion control to make a healthy meal
· Ensure plenty of exercise and sleep for a healthy body
Some products that are backpack and pocket-friendly and can help slow down sickness include:
· Pocket sized Germ-X
· Personal Tissue Packs
· Tea Tree Oil (to prevent lice)
· Sanitizing Wipes
· Vitamin C Drink (or drink mix)
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