Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy This Season

By Annemaria Duran, marketing director, Sterling Urgent Care

FALL IS A WONDERFUL time of the year! The weather gets cooler, the leaves change colors, and school is back in session. These annual changes, although exciting, can bring some health concerns to the forefront and it helps to be prepared for these changes.

Five major concerns include allergic reactions, common communicable diseases, lice, ringworm, and children’s personal medical needs.

It is important to watch and be mindful of these potential health concerns as children return to school and begin to spend more time with other children each day.

Schools and daycares are often the perfect environments for cold and flu viruses to grow and spread. It has been found that a single sneeze can spray thousands of germs into the air at 200 miles per hour and travel up to three feet. Here are a few tips to help minimize the spread of germs amongst children:

• Proper sneezing technique can help contain the spread of germs. Teaching children to cough and sneeze into a tissue or in the inside of their elbow is a great start to preventing germs from spreading.

• Proper handwashing can also make a big difference. Children should learn to wash with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. This should be done before eating and after using the restroom or playing outside.

• Keepyourchildhomeiftheyareshowing symptoms. Those symptoms can include a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, coughing or vomiting, or body aches. A child should be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

• Ensure toys or play surfaces are regularly cleaned and sanitized.

QUICK TIP

Find entertaining techniques to teach these fundamentals so your children will stick with them.

• Sing a song while washing their hands for at least 20 seconds.

• A fun way to teach how easily germs can be spread is to get a handful of flour and go outside. Then instruct your child to blow the flour out of their hands. This imitates the spread of germs and how far they can travel.