Okay, let’s face it. As much as we love our little crumb snatchers, they are nasty little buggers. I mean I am always on my soon to be eight-year-old to stop eating with his fingers and use his utensils. I mean he eats everything with his hands, mac and cheese, beans whatever he doesn’t care. I mean I know I should be glad he is eating but come on; I know the nasty places I’ve seen him put his mitts and gross. Of course, his little sister is not much better. She at least uses a fork, but she insists on touching everything and anything. So it’s no surprise three weeks into the school year, we’ve all had runny noses and a cough that won’t go away. Here’s how you can beat the back to school germ grossness.
Make Your Kids Wash their Hands
I sound like a broken record, but I am always on my kids to wash their hands. My hope is that I make them do it so much they will start to do it on their own when I am not around.
Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize
We use hand sanitizer, ALOT. I even went to Target and grabbed up a whole bunch and donated it to their classes. I also am a big fan of wiping everything down with sanitizer wipes. Especially anything that has a screen that little fingers touch. Also, backpacks are a breeding ground for bacteria so give those a wipe down or spray with some germ-fighting concoction.
Hit the Sheets
A well-rested kid has a better chance to fight off sickness, so make sure they are getting all their z’s. According to the folks at the CDC ten hours is best.
Eating snacks or lunches that are full of vitamin C like strawberries, bell peppers, and oranges plus B6 packed fruits like bananas can help boost your kiddo’s immune systems and give them germ-fighting fuel.
Physical activity can help boost your little one’s immune system. Make sure that they get lots of play time. Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly (five or more times a week) get fewer colds, or at least their colds have a shorter duration, than people who aren’t as active.
I know it’s hard with work and life, but if your kiddo has green snot running down their face, please keep them at home! When we send our little germ carriers off to play with friends, we are just perpetuating the sickness cycle, and it’s no fun for anyone! Also, if your kids end up sick after a playdate, let the other mamas know. For me, I always send a heads up, so that they can be ready. I mean everyone gets sick from time to time; let’s do our best to keep it to a minimum.
The biggest thing for kids heading back to school is to be conscious of where germs hang out and to keep hands clean and away from the eyes, nose, and mouth. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about the protection of vaccinations, including a seasonal flu shot.
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