As the summer holidays come to an end, the new school year approaches, which can often mean your child comes into contact with germs and falls ill.
Here are some expert tips on how to prevent your child getting sick this school year.
Why do children get sick at school?
As a result of students being in close contact with each other in the classroom and schoolyard, germs circulate and spread quickly from person to person.
Generally, children are more susceptible to germs as their immune system is less mature than those of adults.
As well as this, children tend to have germy habits, such as sticking objects and fingers into their mouths.
How to keep your child germ free this school year
Here are some tips from the experts at House Call Doctor on how to keep your child germ free this year:
- Teach proper hygiene
It is important to teach children how to wash their hands properly with soap. This can make a big difference in getting rid of germs.
- Teach cough etiquette
Teach your children to sneeze or cough into a tissue or their elbow instead of their hand where germs can be easily spread.
- Keep vaccinations up to date
Before school starts, make sure your kids are up to date with their vaccinations. If not, take them to their GP to top up.
- Let them stay home
While it is important for children to attend school every day, it is also important that they stay home and rest if necessary.
- Food and bee allergies
Any parents who have children with allergies should make sure epi pens are up to date and have not expired.
On top of this, providing your child with a nutritious diet and ensuring they get plenty of sleep will increase their immunity to illness.