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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!

Germ Proof Your Child

Why germ proof can be good.

With all talk in the news regarding the flu, especially the swine flu, here are a few common sense tips to help keep your child germ free. Less germs means less, coughing, sneezing, nose wiping and less long sleepless nights.

Germ Proof  Monster

  • Have your child wash his hands before meals, after using the bathroom, or whenever he touches other kids, pets or communal toys.
    Make sure he scrubs for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing “happy Birthday” twice.
  • Always keep wipes or sanitizing gel in your purse and in your car.
  • Teach him to sneeze or cough into a tissue. If he does not have one handy, he should use the crook of his elbow.
  • Steer clear of toys and books in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. Take along your own instead.
  • Clean “shared” toys with hot soapy water or a sanitizing spray.
  • Don’t share personal objects and don’t let siblings share them either.