As the cold weather arrives and bundle the kids up for the cold in the morning, the worry of catching colds and flus creeps into our minds. Here are the five great things to remind the kids of this winter to help avoid all those germs.
- Wash your hands.
- Remind kids to wash at home and at school,especially before eating. Remind them they must use soap and water to keep their hands really clean. At home in the morning and at night,
- it is best to also wash their hands – and if they make it part of their daily routine, it will be a good habit that sticks!
- Use hand sanitizer. If your child is about to eat a snack, and has not washed, teach him or her that hand sanitizer works, too. If it may help your student stay cleaner, pick up one of the cute little bottles of hand sanitizer for your child to keep in their backpack or pencil box, if allowed; maybe in the shape of an animal or in a favorite scent. If you child understands about germy surfaces, they will reach for the hand sanitizer more often, and this time of year it is a good idea.
- Touch common areas as little as possible. If kids share crayons and scissors in class, they need to be told these could be germy areas, and they may need to clean their hands after a project in class. The same rule applies if they use classroom equipment like a computer.
- Do not share your own sick germs. It is also important for kids to stay home if they are not feeling well or have symptoms of illness. If they are not isolated from the other children, the germs just get shared and the illness spreads through the classroom and the families. If kids do need to sneeze or cough in the classroom, they need to learn to sneeze or cough into their own elbow, minimizing the spread of germs.
- Do not share drinks or food with other kids. Kids don’t always understand that someone can be sick and not appear sick, so it is best to make it a habit to never share someone else’s food.
You can’t be too prepared when it comes to fighting germs and avoiding that winter illness that travels through the family. Go over these five tips with your child and reinforce these good habits, and you have a fighting chance!
If it is time to start thinking about preschool or kindergarten, contact The Scottsdale School today at (480) 451-9442.