Are all the kids at school sick? Caring for a sick child at home can be a hassle. Discover 9 ways to keep kids from getting sick at school.
You enroll your child in preschool, but he misses half the month because he keeps getting sick. Or you can’t seem to go a week without someone catching something from school. Maybe you picked your child up from school and realized half the kids have snot running down their noses.
We can help kids avoid getting sick at school and build their immunity. I wasn’t kidding about my son getting sick half the month, either. That first month he missed half of it because he kept getting sick.
Now though, he’s built an immunity to most common colds. And we’ve grown wiser about enforcing common rules to keep kids from getting sick at school.
How to keep kids from getting sick at school
1. Use utensils to eat
Utensils keeps kids from putting their hands into their mouths. They’re less likely to taint food with potential germs.
2. Wash hands
Make a routine of washing hands: When you get home, send the kids straight to the sink to wash their hands. Do the same before and after meals, and after each time they use the restroom.
3. Don’t touch eyes, nose or mouth
Teach your kids to keep their hands away from their eyes, nose or mouth. These are the three ways germs easily enter the body. If needed, have them use a tissue.
4. Sneeze into your elbows
Covering your mouth during a sneeze is important, but just as important is using your elbow. Kids (and adults) are less likely to spread germs when they sneeze into elbows instead of their hands.
5. Get enough sleep
Getting their 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night keeps kids’ bodies well rested. They should sleep early enough and wake up refreshed.
My kids’ pediatrician recommends that kids not remain sedentary for more than an hour at a time. So at least every hour, kids should move their bodies.
7. Use hand sanitizer
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Sometimes you can’t access soap and water, so keep hand sanitizer handy. I have a bottle in the car right after I pick my kid up, and one in my purse. Hand sanitizer wipes work as well.
8. Eat well
Plan family meals with plenty of healthy eats. Pack healthy snacks for lunch, like fruits and veggie sticks.
9. Check your school’s policy
Understand what your school’s policy is on sick kids and see if they’re enforced. Kids with fever, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home 24 hours after their last bout or fever.
Not sure what to do when the kids get sick? Download my FREE cheat sheet! The first page include ideas on what you can do, while the second page is a blank template to fill with your own ideas. And finally, I include a dosage tracker to record the medicine you offer. Download it below:
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Tell me in the comments: What are your top ways to keep kids from getting sick at school?