Getting the kids back in school is usually a welcome change for parents. Not quite as welcome are the cold and flu viruses that start to circulate this season as fall arrives and students spend more time in close quarters.
While viral illnesses are sometimes unavoidable, there are many things you can do to protect your
family – keeping them healthier and less prone to infections.
- One survey showed that the top recommendation from school nurses to avoid getting sick was to practice routine hand washing. Kids need to be taught how and when to wash their hands and to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth without washing hands first.
- Keep nutrition a priority. Eating a variety of healthy, unprocessed foods each day ensures that kids get the nutrients needed for a healthy immune system
- Get adequate rest. Sleep is also necessary for the immune system to work at its best. Practice good sleep hygiene so everyone recharges.
On the other hand, it’s also important to know what to do to avoid spreading illness if someone in your family becomes ill. Keep sick kids at home and practice good hygiene in public places like the grocery store. Also, teach kids to always cover their nose and mouth with their elbow when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of airborne germs and to keep the hands clean.
Don’t forget – placing Dr. Doormat at the entrance of your home keeps germs out. By zapping the nasty grime on contact, it adds the extra point of protection for your home.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!