For many, the school year starts in August. In my neck of the woods, school starts the day after Labour Day. For parents it’s generally a time of mixed emotions. Euphoria, as the kids are back to a routine, out of our hair for the day and you’re not stuck listening to the ever popular “I’m bored, what can I do”. It’s also a time of stress, with back to school shopping, looking for the perfect first day of school outfit or the elusive flat rim Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat. Back to school also signifies sniffles, coughs, colds and if you’re particularly lucky, vomit and diarrhea.
All is not lost though! With the proper preparation and education (commonly referred to as “nagging” from our children) we can instill the 6 habits of healthy people:
- Get lots of sleep
- Keep hydrated
- Eat healthy (aka lots of fruits and vegetables)
- Exercise regularly
- Cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze or cough
- Wash your hands
I think I need to rethink the amount of sleep I get and the frequency of exercise………
The ability of a child to fight off infections is dependent on age. The younger they are, the weaker the immune system; meaning they are more prone to picking up bugs and bringing them home. There has been quite a bit of research done on school related illnesses, student absenteeism and what germs lurk on school surfaces. In fact, back in 2013 I did a “back to school” blog on just that – “School Absenteeism Due to Illness – Fact or Fiction?”. Like me, if you have a younger child who is prone to bringing home germs, this year we have created an entire Back 2 School education campaign filled with fact sheets on the most common school bugs, protocols to help you clean and disinfect, what to consider when choosing disinfectants that are used around children and a whole host of other helpful tools! I hope you’ll check it out!
Now to get back to making tomorrow’s school lunch and nagging my son to brush his teeth and get to bed!