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The first year I taught elementary school I caught everything that passed through the school system; colds that turned into sinus infections, the flu with a 103 degree fever, strep throat (twice) and an assorted collection of stomach viruses. It didn’t help that I taught lower elementary where the kids wanted to sneeze on their hands or wipe their noses with their fingers and then grab my hand, touch my face or hug me. Over the years I became more resistant to germs and also learned a few ways to prevent getting sick. Here’s five ways to help your child avoid picking up those germs that are running rampant through the classroom.
1. Send their own water bottle. Did you know that water fountains are one of the germiest places in the school? The kids don’t realize putting their mouth on the water fountain is a sure way to pass on viruses.
2. Don’t share! I know we teach our children to share from an early age, but be sure to tell them not to share their water bottles or anything that comes in contact with their mouths like lip balms.
3. Teach kids the right way to “blow.” Remind kids to only use a tissue once and then throw it away. A good reminder for young children is never use your clothing as a tissue. Believe me, this was one I stressed often! I know school supplies like tissues can be in short supply during flu season so it’s a good idea to add a travel pack to your child’s backpack.
4. Remind children to wash their hands often. It’s never too early to tell kids to wash their hands before meals, after using the bathroom and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. It’s not a bad idea to provide them with a small bottle of hand sanitizer in case they can’t wash their hands.
5. Wipe down backpacks. These mix with other backpacks, get dropped on the floor and passed around by the kids. Be sure to wipe them down with an antibacterial wipe to help keep them sanitized and, if possible, toss them in the washer once a week.
Even following all those tips, kids still get sick. Mine always get sick during holidays, weekends or after hours when our doctor is closed. When that happens I rely on MinuteClinic, located in select CVS stores in 28 states and DC, that are available after hours and open seven days a week with no appointment necessary. It’s been our one stop shop for flu, ear infections and strep because once we’ve finished our appointment I can have my prescriptions filled and pick up our over the counter medicines at CVS. We can even have our flu vaccinations here. It’s much cheaper than going to the ER and with a much shorter weight time too! If you need some help deciding if it is a cold or the flu, here’s an article that can help.
What do you do to help prevent colds and flu?