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How to Keep Your Kids Germ Free and Healthy at School

Updated on August 5, 2013
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School Means Germs

Let's face it. Kids are dirty little creatures. Even if they are good about sharing their toys, they are great at sharing germs. When kids go back to school, illness is inevitable.

Just a few easy tips will keep your kids healthier this year. These are simple and quick and will make all the difference for your child's health.

If you talk, they will listen!

Talk to Your Kids About Germs

I'm sure you've told your kids to wash their hands. In fact, you've probably told them ten times today, but have you told them why they need to wash their hands?

Don't lecture your kids about germs, but discuss it in casual conversation. When you return home from the store say, "I'm going to wash my hands since I was touching the dirty grocery cart. Do you want to wash your hands too?"

Talk to your kids about what the last person may have been doing before they touched the door handle that you just touched. Say things like, "I think I'll wash my hands, because that man who touched the gas pump in front of me may have just blown his nose before he touched that." It's gross, but it works to show them why hand washing is so important.

Discreetly point it out to your kids when people don't wash their hands in public restrooms. Then, remind them that if they touch a door knob, handrail or shopping cart after that person, they will pick up that person's germs. Remind your kids that if they put their hands in their mouths, bite their nails or rub their eyes or nose, they are putting that person's germs into their bodies. It's gross, but it's true!

Create a Hand Washing Policy

Make it a rule that everyone washes their hands when they come home. This applies to the mom, the dad and the kids. If they have left the house and come home, they should wash their hands with warm water and soap.

Making this rule will cut down on the amount of germs that are brought into your house. While you can't protect your kids from all germs, you can certainly help them by teaching them to wash their hands regularly. You will have to remind them at first, but it will soon become a natural habit to wash.

Practice What You Preach

Don't forget to set an example for your kids. If you don't wash your hands regularly, neither will they.

If they are reluctant to wash their hands regularly, don't nag. That will only turn hand washing into a battle. Instead, you continue to set a good example, and soon, they will follow.

Spread Love, Not Germs

Leave Them Reminders

Chances are good that your kids will not remember to wash their hands before lunch at school. You can help them remember by leaving cute notes in their lunchboxes. Make the notes fun and different. Trace your hand on a paper. Draw a bar of soap and write, "Don't be a dope, use some soap." Put a dinosaur sticker and label it, "Clean-o-saurus." Little reminders will go a long way.

You can also put an individually wrapped hand wipe in their lunchboxes. That way, if they aren't allowed to visit the restroom, they can still get rid of the germs.

Juice Up Their Lunch Foods

Be Proactive with Vitamin C Rich Foods

Vitamin C is a known deterrent to colds and sickness. Pack vitamin C rich foods in your kids' lunchboxes. You could even consider giving them a vitamin C supplement daily to help prevent illness.

Have a Healthy School Year!

Just by following these tips, you are sure to see an improvement in your kids' health. By teaching them to be germ free, you will help them stay happy and healthy.

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      useful hub. My son gets sick every month ! Usually cough, flu and fever. Need to speed up on the germs free tactics

    • stephanieb27 profile image

      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Great tips! My kindergarten son got sick so many times last year! :)

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a very useful and informative hub!

      We must take extra care to teach our kids about these healthy habits, especially when they are away at school or any other place, where they have to manage on their own.

      Voted up and thanks for sharing!