Keeping Kids Healthy

April 18, 2016 12:00 PM

It might actually be spring on the calendar but the kids are still coming down with colds and stomach problems. Every teacher knows that the end of winter doesn’t mean the end of absences due to common illnesses. Keeping kids healthy during the entire school year takes continual parental attention.

Start by reminding your children often to wash their hands before eating or after using the bathroom. All it takes is one child with a nasty stomach bug to spread it to the entire class simply by touching common classroom items. Another customary route for germs to move through a class is the sharing of water bottles or food. “Just a bite” of another kid’s delicious looking cupcake can result in transmission of disease germs. Include a small packet of tissues in each lunch container so they are handy when needed for sniffles or sneezes. Teach them to sneeze into an elbow sleeve instead of covering the mouth with a hand (which then spreads the germs to objects).

Strengthen your family’s immune systems with a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise. Make sure all vaccinations are current. Practice good hygiene at home so the kids will see the kind of behavior you want them to practice at school. If all your efforts fail and you need to find a healthcare provider, call: 855.385.HEAL (4325). We have convenient offices throughout northern New Jersey.


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