School is back in session and if you’re a parent sending their little ones back this year, you’re probably worried about their health. Schools can be a breeding ground for illness amongst kids, especially younger ones, and between COVID, the flu, and pretty much anything else, you’d be surprised how easily your child and eventually your entire family can fall ill. While it can be near impossible to avoid these types of illnesses, there are things you can do to help your kid fight off the spread of germs and illnesses when they’re attending school this year. Let’s take a look.
Teach Proper Hand Washing Technique
One of the most important ways to keep the spread of germs in school and other areas is by using proper hand washing techniques. Your child should wash their hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds. Doing so will help prevent the spread of illness among their classmates, the school staff, and your own home. Kids are prone to spreading germs by rubbing their noses or eyes, meaning it’s only a matter of time before they come down with something and bring it home to you as well. With proper handwashing procedures, these chances can be reduced greatly.
Make Sure Your Children Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is very important for kids, as it can help them maintain their health and prevent them from developing various problems, such as depression, injuries, or obesity. Studies also suggest that kids are less likely to perform well in school due to a lack of sleep. Be sure you’re child is getting the appropriate amount of sleep for their age as they’ll be less likely to fall ill and more likely to succeed in the classroom.
Be Sure They Eat Breakfast
One of the most important meals of the day for kids is breakfast, as it can help them maintain steady energy levels throughout the day, as well as improve their brain function. By eating a hearty and healthy breakfast each morning, they’re also less likely to consume fatty and cholesterol-filled snacks throughout the day. Some studies have found that certain nutrients, such as vitamins B, D, and Iron, are all much higher in children who eat breakfast each morning than those who don’t.
Be Sure To Keep Up On Vaccines
Vaccines are incredibly important for our kids. Occasionally there will be parents who don’t believe in vaccinating their children but the fact of the matter is these vaccines help save lives, and give our children a better quality of life. Children over the age of 6 months can now be vaccinated for COVID-19 in the United States, and this is extremely important when sending your child to school. There are loads of other vaccines that are just as important as well, so be sure your child is up to date before you send them back to school this year.