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Back to School=Germs?

It has already happened. Three kids were out sick from my kid’s classroom.  I know that means the germs are coming — so it is time to get ready to fight back. School season seems to make the germs stronger. As parents we can sometimes feel that there is no way to combat the germs the kids encounter while at school. But there are lots of ways to help our kids stay strong in the face of germs.

  1. Eat healthier foods to promote wellness fruits, veggies, and proteins are great try to cut out or lower foods filled with fats and sugars since the cause the system to slow down and not be able to combat the germs as they are introduced.
  2. Make sure that your kids had a solid sleep routine. The hours of sleep can make a difference in how an immune system rebuilds and cares for itself. Try to promote good sleep with a regular bedtime routine.
  3. HAND WASHING! We have heard this one a million times and it seems like a no-brainer. But honestly that is because it is so true. Germs come from the surfaces we touch everyday. Then we touch our face and the germs latch right on to the mucus membrane and implant themselves. Washing regularly minimizes this. Make sure your kids wash well, with warm water, and soap. The most important part is to scrub hard. Make sure they create lots of friction to the entire hand (even between fingers and under nails!) Supplying them with hand sanitizer at school makes a huge difference too!
  4.  Do not share ANYTHING!! Sharing food, food utensils, and other gear at school is a very quick way to contract germs. If you must share balls, books, etc at school then be sure to properly wash hands after.
  5. Washing backpacks and lunchboxes periodically makes a difference as well. Lunchboxes can be washed with some warm water and soap and left to air-dry. So can most backpacks. You can also use sanitized wipes or essential oil sprays like Thieves spray.
  6. Try to eliminate stress or minimize it by keeping the kids active. Give them lots of outdoor time. They can play, burn off energy, get fresh air, and vitamin D from the sun. It can also aid them in getting better sleep!

These all seem like simple solutions (and you must be thinking they won’t work, or I already do most of these) but by keeping these small routines in our day we can help make this germ season a little less yucky.

First-Aid Kit: DIY

Now that school is back in session fall is almost here. That means fall sports, fall activities, and fall illnesses. We want you to be prepared for all of the busy activities you and your kids will be involved with this season.

We all worry about the kids getting sick when they return to school. With so many children from so many different homes and backgrounds there tends to be an influx of germs. How do we combat this? HAND WASHING. Lots of hand washing.  While we cannot control how often our kids wash at school, we can give them the tools to do what needs to be done. Teach them how to wash properly, and remind them how important it is to wash. Washing leads to less germs. Which means they have more time to play, run, and learn without getting sick. Try teaching them to sing their Abc’s while they wash. And wash with soap (about a dime-size) and warm water. It doesn’t have to be hot, just warm. Makes sure they understand to scrub the front, backs, between the fingers, and around the finger nails (including underneath the nails).

One way I have found to help keep germs at bay is to keep a first-aid/hand washing kit in the car with me. When I pick the kids up from school they put their backpacks in the back of the car and they use some hand-sanitizer to cleanse their hands from school.

I have also found it useful to keep a first-aid kit with me in the car. It is simple to keep in the back, and I will never worry that I need something.

The best part about keeping a kit like this with you in the car is you always have it with you. SO if your kids get hurt at soccer practice? Playing at the park? All you need to do is break out the kit and bandage them up.

First Aid Kit

Check out this simple DIY kit. You can even add more customized items if you know what types of things your kids might need for other health or injury issues. Many stores even sell ready-pack ice packs that do not need to be frozen and can be activated on site. These make perfect additions to any first-aid kit.

Now enjoy your season with a little more peace of mind.

Back-to-School Germs!

With most of our kiddos back-to-school this month parents are beginning to prepare for the dreaded back-to-school germ invasion. It happens every year. It can take days, maybe a week, but it always shows up. When you throw that many kids together that have been exposed to so many different places, people, and experiences all summer germs are bound to spread. It usually means that despite going back to school kids end up home very shortly after with some not invited bugs. There are some ways to help avoid the nastiest of the germs, but be prepared that sooner or later something will get by.

Hand sanitizer. This is a moms best friend. It comes in many different forms, gels, lotions, sprays, just make sure your kid has some. Then find out how to make them use it! Remind them to use it after the bathroom, playing outside, before eating, etc.

hands-311366_640Hand washing. This one is self explanatory, at least you would think so. Wash throughout the day, but make sure your kids know to wash front and back and to scrub for at least 30 seconds. We taught our kids to sing the ABC’s in their head while they scrub.

Sanitizing wipes or Clorox wipes. These are for the teacher. Make them a gift. Teachers love getting gifts. Especially in the form of supplies that don’t need to be purchased by them. Many teachers wipe down surfaces throughout the day but these wipes are pricey and get used quickly. So gifting a bunch to your favorite teacher protects you, your kids, and the class.

Sharing. Remind your kids it’s nice to share. But try not to share food, drinks, or anything that goes in the mouth, ears, nose, or eyes.

Stay healthy! Keep up your health routine at home, healthy fruits, veggies, proteins, and fats. Keep your kids active, make sure hey get the rest they need. All of this can help with those back-to-school germs.

As we said there isn’t any fail-safe way to avoid getting those germs, but you can help your family battle them faster or maybe get a less virulent strain by keeping up with these practices. No matter what just remember to watch your kiddos for signs of infection if they do get sick, and thank your lucky stars if they don’t! Enjoy the back-to-school season!