Ways to Protect Children from Back-to-School Germs

by Jenn

Can you believe it? The kids will be heading back to school before we know it.  I feel like they just got out for summer, but soon we are going to have to start thinking about preparing to send our kids back to school, which means combating back-to-school germs, nutritional lunches, etc.

Ways To Protect Children from Back to School Germs

Ways to Protect Children from Back-to-School Germs

Start fighting germs this back-to-school season with a healthy body. 

There is no better way to fight off dreaded back-to-school germs than with a healthy body.  Make sure your children are eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and getting up and moving every single day during the summer.  This means you might have to kick them off their video games, but they will appreciate it later, I promise.  You can also make a healthy lunch fun, like this Tuna Boat Sandwich or get the kids to eat their veggies with this Veggie Island Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets & Vegosauras Ranch Dip recipe, and get them cool cups for their water.  It makes a huge difference with my kids

Hand Sanitizer. 

When they can’t wash their hands, make sure they know they can use hand sanitizer, but only if they cannot wash their hands.  In my opinion, washing hands is better.

washing hands

Teach your children how to properly wash their hands.

All you need is soap, water and about 20 seconds of their time to make sure their hands are clean.  To keep track of time and have a little fun, my kids sing a song so they stayed focused and know when they can stop washing.

Make certain they know when to wash their hands.  

Kids not only need to know how to wash their hands, but when they need to reach for the soap and water. Be sure your child knows when they should wash their hands– after recess, after using the restroom, before eating, etc.

Teach your child how to sneeze without getting germs all over the place.  

Be sure your child knows how to cough and sneeze into their elbow or a tissue, rather than their hands.  This will help reduce the spreading of germs.

Grab a tissue.  

If needed, your child should know when and where they can grab a tissue.

cold medicine for kids

It’s better to be prepared and not need something, than to need it and not have it.

Since being a parent is not easy, make sure you have a fully-stocked medicine cabinet. 

Sick just got real. ™

I do not like to see any child sick but it happens, and we should be prepared. Rather than running down to the store, have everything you need on hand.  You can purchase items like Children’s Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough), and Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Allergy over-the-counter.

My daughter Vayda has allergies all year long, but due to the dry weather, they have been acting up more than normal.  Thankfully we’re always prepared with Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Allergy, which is a formula that helps relieve allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, congestion, and sneezing. Is there something you do for times when Sick just got real.™ for your family? How are you planning on helping teach your kids to avoid germs this upcoming school year?  I would love to hear from you, leave us a comment below.

 This post is sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, but all opinions are my own.

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