School is back in season! For some families it has already been over month, and for others it has only been a few weeks. At our house it means more schedule, more laundry, more time, more focus, and for everyone’s home it means one thing… more germs.
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When you take a classroom of kids from different homes and backgrounds, there are going to be new germs introduced. I know I always plan for a few colds or coughs to come shortly after school starts and they always do. As parents, the best thing we can do is educate our children to be healthy both at home and at school. Here are a few ways to do that:
Teach Proper Hand Washing: Most parents teach their kids to wash their hands, but to is important to enforce proper hand washing techniques. Proper hand washing technique says you should wet your hands with running water, add soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry. 20 seconds is a lot longer that it seems. If you need a timer try humming “Happy Birthday” 2x through or the “ABC Song”. This is my biggest struggle with my kids! I am constantly reminding them to wash longer. I cringe to think what they do, or don’t do, when I am not around!
One thing we love to make hand washing easier is using Lysol’s No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser. A soap bottle can be a breeding place for germs, by eliminating the need to touch it, you bypass some of those germs. Plus, my young kids think it is magic! Win win!
Keep Surfaces Clean: I always keep a tub of Lysol wipes handy at our house. There is one in the kitchen, one in each of the bathrooms, and even one on the top shelves of my kids closets. Old habits die hard, and I developed this habit as a teacher! I promise you will be best friends with your kid’s teachers if you send a few packages with them to school every couple of months. There is no quicker way to wipe down a surface and know it is germ free.
Teach Your Kids How to Cover When They Cough or Sneeze: Coughing and sneezing can’t be avoided. It is best to cough or sneeze into a tissue and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue coughing or sneezing into your upper arm, not your hands. Either way you should follow up by washing your hands.
Lysol has partnered with the National PTA and NEA to develop the Healthy Habits Program, which helps educate kids and families on the importance of practicing healthy habits inside and outside of the classroom. Take a minute to read over these resources and share them with your child’s classroom teacher and school. By working as a team to keep or homes and classrooms safe, we can reduce the amount of germs our kids are being exposed to.
What do you use to stop germs?