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Tips for Beating Back-to-School Germs

With kids heading back to school soon and the weather cooling down, for many people early fall is an exciting and pleasurable time of year. But one downside is that children are inevitably exposed to more germs. Luckily, keeping them healthy and free of the common illnesses is as simple as teaching them to implement a few healthy habits into their daily routine.

Wash your hands the right way

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Hand washing is the easiest way to prevent germs, but you have to do it efficiently. The CDC calls it the “do-it-yourself” vaccine. It involves five simple and effective steps—wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

Use disinfecting wipes

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Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza, according to the CDC. Just to be on the safe side, use EPA-registered disinfecting products. Don’t forget the remote control, doorknobs, light switches, and faucets.

Carry a hand sanitizer

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Keep hand sanitizers stashed in your kid’s backpacks, desk and in the car because you never know when you’ll need to clean up. Hand sanitizers make for a convenient go-to option when hand-washing isn’t available. Be careful what you buy; natural ingredients are always better than the harsh chemicals. Choose products that aren’t antibacterial and don’t contain triclosan, which is toxic to people and the environment.

Keep the immune system strong

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Your immune system must be able to fight off whatever harmful substances enter your body. Keep it string by eating plenty of healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and other nutrient-dense foods (air for a food “rainbow”), sleep at least eight hours at night, exercise on regular basis, and drink a lot of water. Dehydration is making you sick in more ways than you can imagine.

Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth

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Kids often pick their noses or rub their eyes. But this is how they can easily get sick. Teach them the basics. Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth, according to the CDC.

Don’t swap your lunch

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Kids love to share their lunches but this is not a good idea because they don’t remember to wash their hands. Passing out food with dirty hands can definitely result spreading germs back and forth. Teach your children to always wash hands before handling food, regardless of whether it’s a packaged sandwich or fruits.

Don’t share bottles

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There a simple rule kids should remember: Of you put the item in your mouth, keep it to yourself. Warn your children not to share their food and drinks as well as things like lip balm and ear buds.

Stay away from sick kids

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Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too, and stay home so you don’t spread germs.

“Elbow” cover your mouth and nose

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Covering your mouth and nose with just a hand won’t prevent germs from spreading because you are still going to touch things. Cover the cough with the crook of their elbow rather than your bare hand. If you can’t do the “elbow” cover, then cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Know the most germ-filled items

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School water fountains and lunch trays carried the most germs per square inch, so make sure your kids know not to put their mouths on water fountain spigots. Send them to school with their own water bottle so they can avoid using fountains entirely. Keyboards are also hotspots for germs. How often do you think they are cleaned?