September 15, 2014
School is back in session and that means your children will once again be exposed to more germs. Being around more people means more contact with airborne and touch transmitted germs and infections. There’s little you can do about the increase in germs around kids, but there are a few things that can help lessen the risk of germ-induced sickness.
The best place to encourage healthy hygiene habits is at home. Explain to your kids how germs can make them sick and why they need to protect themselves through habits like hand washing. A fun learning trick one kindergarten teacher shares on her blog is the “Glitter Germ” game. Just add some glitter to hand sanitizer and have your children imagine that the glitter are germs. Practice touching different surfaces, shaking hands, high fiving, etc to see how quickly the glitter “germs” spread. Then demonstrate how to properly wash hands until all the glitter is gone.
The teacher faked a glittery “sneeze” into her hands to show how germs get on hands through sneezing. This added step can be used to educate children on how they should sneeze or cough into their arm rather than into their hands – another easy way to stop the spread of sickness.
Another way to avoid sickness throughout the school year is avoid other kids who are sick. You can’t be around your children all day to identify the sick kids, but there are some things you can do to be more aware of sick classmates:
Ultimately, you can’t keep all the germs away from your children and every one once in awhile your child will get sick but the best thing for them is to have a healthy immune system to fight the virus off.
To help strengthen children’s immune systems, try some of the following:
As with anything you give your child, do your research. Select a high quality probiotic from a reputable source like Natren that has many years of safety and efficacy. We carry Life Start, a probiotic containing B.infantis specifically formulated for babies and Healthy Start System for children.
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