Now that the kids and teachers are back to school, it’s a good time to think about how to keep you and your Germ transmission in school happens most often in places like drinking fountains (a perfect place for kids to share germs through the proximity of their mouths to the water stream or the fountain itself), cafeteria trays, tables and other surfaces.Not all germs are harmful or induce illness, but teaching children about basic hygiene and healthy habits can keep them and the people they come in contact with from getting sick. The Centers for Disease Control suggests some basic tips you can teach your children to help avoid the spread of germs include:
- Avoid close contact, particularly with other children who are sick. If you are sick yourself, keep your distance to protect others. If possible, keep your children home when they are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then be sure to discard the tissue in the garbage. In the absence of a tissue, cough or sneeze on your upper sleeve – not in your hands – to avoid the spreading of germs.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect any toys, tools, surfaces or objects that you may be handling.
In addition to these practices, children should always exercise, eat healthy meals and snacks and get at least an average of 10 hours of sleep. These simple steps will add to your barrier against colds, flu or other infections.
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