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Back to School: Keeping Your Kids Healthy

It’s that time again.  New shoes, backpacks, notebooks, and pencils.  These items can mean nothing but back to school!  Your child may be overjoyed to start school or he or she may be dreading the end of summer break.
Either way back to school comes with back to GERMS!

Sure, your kids are excited to see their friends they’ve been away from for the past three months, but those beloved friends expose your kids to lots and lots of germs they’ve been away from all summer.

What can you do to protect them?

Kids getting sick is completely unavoidable, but there is something simple you can do to keep those sick days to a minimum.  What could it be?  Teach your kids to wash their hands regularly!  However, it’s important that they do this properly.

According to the CDC, one should:kids-washing-hands-kids-health

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Try to make it a point to teach your children not only the importance of washing their hands but also the proper way to do it!  Teach by example as well.

Kids learn well from mimicking mom or dad.