Parenting: Avoiding Colds that Spread through School

September 15, 2011

I went to WebMD for some practical back to school advice. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/parents-top-9-questions-for-back-to-school Here are some tips I learned that we should try reinforcing with the kids:

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm – not your hands!
  • Wash your hands before eating and after playing.
  • Use anti bacteria hand gel or foam.
  • For parents, WebMD suggests:

  • This one's controversial for some, but the CDC recommends the flu vaccine for children over 6 months.
  • Keep your child home if s/he has a fever or is vomiting and don't send them to school until the symptoms are gone for 24 hours.
  • If one child gets sick at home, make sure everyone is vigilant about washing their hands. Also wash the door knobs, light switches and remote control!
  • Be sure the kids are getting enough sleep and plenty of fluids!
  • My son is in his second year of preschool. Last year he was sick constantly. I'm hoping he built up his immunity and we'll have a better year! We're going to be scrubbing our hands around the clock!

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