Most kids are heading back to school now. They must be jovial to get back to classes, catch up with friends and play. However, their parents could be more anxious than being happy.
Kids can pick up germs anytime and can spread the infection. So, more than being concerned about the back-to-school checklist of kids, parents are worried about their health in these uncertain times.
Coronavirus is still here, and so are other disease-causing germs, viruses and bacteria. Needless to say, we cannot inhibit the spread of germs, but we can reduce the chances of getting infected by them by taking some necessary precautions.
Here goes a list of ways to keep kids safe and germs at bay when heading to school.
Avoid Sharing Things
Sharing is caring; we have heard that always. However, sharing things with other children in the school can increase the spread of germs and reduce germ protection. Teach the kids to avoid sharing personal items like water bottles, hats, earbuds etc. If they have to share stationery supplies, make sure they wash their hands and clean the supplies after every use, if possible, with water.
Encourage Washing Hands
As a parent, ensure that the kid does not forget to wash hands timely. Kids should wash their hands after using the restroom, before and after eating, after touching any surface, after coming home or visited any public space that exposes them to germs. Train them to wash their hands for 20 seconds thoroughly and ensure that they wash hands or use hand sanitizer whenever they cough or sneeze.
Avoid Touching the Face
Germs can enter through your mucous membranes and lead to respiratory problems, so it is essential to teach young ones to keep their hands off from eyes, nose and mouth, especially during flu season and, currently, when there is Covid-19. Although kids may habitually touch their faces even if trained not to. Thus, the best way to assure germ protection is applying Facitize Jr., the natural and no alcohol face sanitizer (3-13 years) made to kill up to 99.9% of germs, viruses and bacteria.
Use Elbow to Cough or Sneeze
Most infectious diseases spread through touch, so when the germs get on hands, they settle on other surfaces too. Thus, make sure kids develop a habit of coughing or sneezing in the crook of their elbow or use a tissue, and wash their hands next. Young kids cannot wear surgical masks, so they should place their nose and mouth in the crook of their elbow and then sneeze or cough.
Stay Home When Ill
Keep a tap on how the child is feeling physically and mentally. Do not send the child to school if he/she is unwell. Staying home when sick is imperative to ensure germ-free and healthy living for everyone around. A sick child’s weak immune system makes him/her defenceless against germs, and he/she might pass the infection to other kids. Make sure to monitor their temperature every morning before sending them to school.
When an unvaccinated child gets exposed to the disease-causing pathogens, the child’s immune response may not be strong enough to combat the disease. So, getting your child the required vaccines is highly significant.
Sanitizing is Must
Many viruses can survive on surfaces from hours to days, so in schools, teachers must ensure sanitizing high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, switchboards etc., on a regular basis. Besides that, parents should also provide kids with RxSAFE Foamtize, a natural foaming hand wash that is tough on germs, viruses and bacteria but soft on hands. Since alcohol-based hand sanitizers could be harmful to the skin and dangerous for young kids, skin-nourishing Foamtize is the best bet!
Adapt these ways to ensure that the germs stay away from the kids at school and reduce the chance of the spread of infection to everyone around.