Children get sick – this is a fact of life. When they are at school, they can either pick up an illness or infect others with their own sickness or germs. It is important for parents to make sure that their children’s immune system is strong and that they teach little ones how to protect themselves from various illnesses and infections that can spread in schools.
Now that it is time to go back to school, make sure that you protect your child from getting sick and prevent them from missing days at school due to an illness.
Tips to Protect Your Child from Getting Sick in School
Here are a few helpful tips to protect your child from getting sick due to a virus picked up at school:
- Wash hands: One of the most critical things that you can teach your child to prevent them from catching an illness is to wash their hands frequently. It is one of the most effective, yet easiest, ways to stay healthy in school. Teach your child the importance of washing their hands properly with soap before eating, after playing, blowing their nose, after using the toilet, etc.
- Use hand sanitizer: Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack or give them one to keep in their desk. Be sure to remind your child about the importance of sanitizing before eating lunch or snacks and after using a water fountain, shared pencil sharpener, computer, or other objects that they share with other students. It is also a good idea to donate disinfecting wipes to your little one’s classroom for general use.
- Do not share drinks: If you put something in your mouth, keep it to yourself – teach your child this simple yet important rule. Tell them that it is critical not to share drinks and other personal items with others.
- Keep hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth: To protect your child from getting sick at school, teach them the importance of keeping their hands away from their eyes, nose, and mouth. Remind them that germs often cover their hands and that if they do not want to get sick, they should remember not to touch these parts with their hands.
- Take antibiotics: If your child does fall sick at school, teach them that one of the best things they can do to get well quickly is to take their antibiotics properly. Children typically do not like taking medicine, but remind them that the only way to get rid of bacteria, virus, etc. from their body and keep serious illness or infection away is to take their antibiotics as prescribed by the doctor.
- Eat well: Boost your child’s immunity by making sure that they eat healthy, whole foods. Pack healthy lunches – including a fruit or two is a superlative idea. There is nothing like a healthy diet to keep sickness away. With your child’s immune system strong, they will have no problem staying healthy and happy.
If your child does end up with cold symptoms, it is possible that it may be something more serious, like a sinus infection or an ear infection, so it is important to never ignore these symptoms. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joshua Light, ENT and start feeling better as soon as possible!