How to Avoid Back-to-School Germs

During the first part of the school year, it’s not uncommon for children to be exposed to new germs more often and to become sick. According to a recent article,1 touchpoints in your child’s school often have germ counts between 2,000 and 15,000. We gathered some easy tips to teach your children how to help reduce their chances of getting sick.

Keep Hands Clean

It may seem like common sense to you, but it’s important to build this skill into your children’s routine. The CDC says that washing hands is one of the best ways to reduce contact with germs. Teach your child to wash their hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Clean Supplies

 Many school supplies are shared. Using sanitizing wipes to clean off your children’s supplies and books every so often will reduce the chance of germs being brought home and help create a cleaner backpack.

Use Etiquette

Teach your children to cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbow, to wash their hands and to avoid sharing things like food and drink when sick.

Get Flu Shots

Flu shots are crucial in stopping the spread of sickness. Getting your yearly flu shot and making sure your children are current will drastically reduce the chances of contracting any of those illnesses.

It seems simple, but building a routine of germ prevention will benefit your whole family. If you do get sick, visit a BetterMed location near you.

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Sources:

1https://www.romper.com/p/this-is-how-many-germs-your-kid-encounters-at-school-each-day-71790

 

1https://www.chicagoparent.com/learn/health-fitness/how-to-prevent-back-to-school-germs/