A new school year means ninth months on the go, as well as your children’s increased exposure to colds and flu. While you can’t be with your kids every moment of every day. Follow this easy 5 tips to keep your family healthy.
1-Washing your hands is the best way to prevent harmful bacteria from making your children sick, also using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before eating snacks or lunch and after using a shared computer mouse, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects. At home you can take a more proactive approach by applying disinfectant to commonly used surfaces in your home.
2- Always cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Encourage your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, and wash his or her hands or use hand sanitizer. If there is no tissue near you at the time, remind your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of his or her elbow.
3- Keep your hands away from your eyes and out of your mouth. Your hands are often covered in germs.
4-Don’t share water bottles, food or other personal items.
5– Leave your shoes at the door. Taking your shoes off at the door can reduce your exposure to allergens, toxins, pesticides and dust, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It also keeps floors cleaner, 85 percent of all dirt tracked into homes comes in on our shoes and the feet of our pets.