Prevent Germs at School



Cartoon of germ holding school textbooks looking sad. - 8/22/2018

Between school children and teachers, now is the time when germs spread quickly in our community. Kids love to share and often that includes colds and viruses. Here are a few ways you can protect the little ones in your family: 

  • Keep back packs clean. Children may leave outdated items in there like food, dirty clothing and more. Make a habit of going through school bags and wiping them down or washing them. 
  • Teach your kid the signs of germs and advise them to stay away from other kids who show signs of an illness, such as coughing and sneezing. Remind children to cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well. 
  • Make hand washing a part of the routine throughout the day. Provide kids with hand sanitizer and tell them to use it or to visit the sink before eating any meal and after playing outside or touching any objects. 
  • Label your child’s things and encourage him or her to not share items like food or drink, sports gear, makeup and writing utensils. If it’s necessary to share, be sure to clean hands before and after sharing. 
  • Visit a primary care physician for an annual wellness exam or to make sure your child is up to date on immunizations. 

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