8 Great Tips To Help Keep Kids Healthy at School This Fall

by Jenn

It’s fall; I’m super excited for the weather to start cooling down, and the kids and I are finally on our back to school schedule.  I love the cooler weather, baking in the fall, and that my kids are active and learning at school.  However, now that we’re used to our back to school schedule it’s time to start thinking about making changes to our daily routine due to the fall months, because I want to do everything I can to help my children stay healthy this fall.

Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy at School This Fall 1

1.) Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy at School This Fall

Of course, there are times when our children get sick regardless of how careful we are, but there are things we can do to keep them off the raider.  Here are a few tips to help you keep your children healthy this fall.

Boy playing in autumn park with a golden retriever.2.) Stay active

Just because it’s cooler outside doesn’t mean everyone should grab a blanket and spend their days in front of the TV all day.  It’s important to stay active inside and outside.  Whether you make fall yard work fun for everyone, go pine cone picking, jump in a pile of leaves or just go on a walk together there are still ways you can stay active together outside.  When the kids are inside, turn the TV off and make them get creative and do something away from the TV and video games. My girls love to play dance party, which is great exercise.  If only I could play for three hours straight the way they can lol.

fall apples

3.) Eat healthy

It’s easy to get caught up in all the fall baking that is going on, lol.  I don’t know about you, but I’m always baking something in the fall, but I typically give whatever I bake away to family and friends because I don’t want it just sitting in the house for the kids to eat, or I try to think healthy when I bake.  Children need a variety of foods, but its super important not to let them skip out of the fresh fruits and veggies.


4.) Take advantage of the fall flavors

It’s fall, make things more fun with apples, sweet potatoes, pears and all the other fabulous fall fruits and veggies.  In the summer, the kids and I tend to eat more grapes, oranges, grapefruit and things of that nature.  In the autumn, we lean toward apples, pears, sweet potatoes, green beans, etc.

5.) Sleep

Sleep is important for everyone to be healthy.  As a parent, I’m sure you would agree it’s EXTRA important that our children are getting a good night’s rest so they can feel their best each day.

How To Get Kids To Wash Their Hands & Keep Them Clean

6.) Teach proper hand hygiene

Be sure to teach your kids how to properly wash their hands with soap.  It might be a good idea to teach them to sing a song while they wash so they know they are cleaning for the proper amount of time.  My daughter Vayda sings the Happy Birthday song twice, and Mattie says her ABCs to make sure they are washing for at least 20 seconds.

7.) Be involved

Know your child’s teacher and get involved at the school so you know more about how the school is helping your child develop healthy habits. There might not be anything you can do to prevent your child from catching a cold at school but at least you’ll know they are doing what they can to help your child develop healthy habits while they are away from home too.   Did you know that colds were seen as the number one illness in kids during the first month back to school?

According to a recent “Ew-dentification” survey almost 500 school nurses nationwide, commissioned by pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, more than half of the nurses (55 percent) have reported that sick begins to spread somewhere between the first two to four weeks of the school year, while only 19 percent see it as early as one week into the school year.

They also found that common habits displayed by young children such as nose picking and not washing hands properly are the top cause for germs spreading amongst children at school, according to 69% of nurses surveyed.  When it comes to the nurses’ office itself, the top two reasons children go is to ask for medicine or ask to go home.

I agree with the 58% of the nurses that ranked the classroom as the easiest place for kids to come into contact with germs.  My kids rarely get sick, but Mattie has already spent a day at home with me due to a cold and Vayda got sent home half a day.

cold medicine for kids

8.) Be prepared

Regardless of how much we try to prevent our children from getting a cold it’s likely going to happen, so we have to be prepared.  When sick gets real, the pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare are:

Children’s Advil®

  • Children’s Advil® products can be purchased in several different easy to administrate forms – liquid suspension, infant drops, and tablets.  They all come in great tasting flavors like Bubble Gum, Blue Raspberry, Fruit, Dye-Free White Grape flavors, and Sugar-free Berry.
  • Children’s and Infants’ Advil® Contains ibuprofen, which is the medicine pediatrician use most for their own children’s fevers.
  • Provides children with up to 8 hours of relief in only one dose
  • Relives fevers faster and keeps it down longer than Children’s Advil® and it contains 40% less liquid per dose. Based on labeled dosing over a 24 hour period. See product label for complete dosing information.

children's cold medicine

Children’s Robitussin® works to control and relieve a frequent cough, with some products working for up to 8 hours with products including:

  • Cough & Chest Congestion DM – Cough-stopping power of Robitussin® DM, and formulated for kids to help control coughs and relieve yucky chest congestion.
  • Cough & Cold CF – Helps to relieve stuffy nose, chest congestion, and frequent coughing.
  • Cough & Cold Long-Acting – Controls and relieves a child’s frequent cough for up to 8 hours.
  • Nighttime Cough, Long Acting DM – Long-acting nighttime formula relieves a cough and runny nose to help kids rest.

Children’s Dimetapp® is one of my personal favorites because it’s the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children a cough and cold symptoms.  Plus, it comes in grape flavor. Children’s Dimetapp® comes in:

  • Cold & Cough – Helps with those stuffy and runny noses as well as relieving a child’s cough.
  • Cold & Allergy – Includes congestion-fighting power that works to relieve stuffy and runny nose as well as relief for those watery and itchy eyes.
  • Multi-Symptom Cold & Flu – Great for painful cold and flu symptoms such as a cough, fever, congestion, headaches, and more.
  • Long Acting Cough Plus Cold – Help treat sneezing and runny nose, while providing children with 8 hours of cough relief.
  • Nighttime Cold & Congestion – Includes cold-fighting power to help relieve nasal congestion symptoms, watery, itchy eyes, and cough symptoms to help children feel better faster.

Since the “ew” is everywhere, our kids seem to be – playgrounds, schools, birthday parties, playdates, etc. There is bound to be some coughing, colds, ouchies, and ach-“ew” not far away.  Before you know what happened, regardless of how hard to try to prevent your kids from getting sick and doing the “ew”-iest things, sick gets real!  It stinks, but all we can do is our best, we can’t stop it! Which is why we have to be prepared with brands we trust when sick gets real, like the pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare – Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp® – to help tackle the ickiest symptoms.

What are things you do ensure your children are as healthy as possible during the fall months?

This post is brought to you by our friends at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.  All opinions expressed are our own.  We only promote service and/or products we currently use or feel our readers will find value in.  We’ve been using Children’s Dimetapp®, Children’s Advil® and Children’s Robitussin® with our children for years.  They’re our trusted brands!


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1 comment

lissa crane November 1, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Love this! It’s always smart to get a few reminders to pass along to the kiddo’s for the cold and flu season! You really can never have too many good habits!


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