10 Ways To Keep Your Kids Healthy At School

10 Ways To Keep Your Kids Healthy At School

Children have less immunity compared to adults and tend to fall sick more often. It’s quite easy to take care of your children’s health when they are at home, but it’s a challenge when they are in school.  Viruses and bacteria can spread like wildfire in school. You may not be able to completely stop them from getting infections, but you can certainly keep them to a minimum. Here are a few things to do:

  1. Sick kids should stay in! If your child is sick, please don’t send them to school; you can prevent them from infecting their classmates. Ask your child’s teacher to make it a rule and inform parents not to send their sick children to school to avoid spreading infections.
  2. Nutritional food: Kickstart their day with a healthy breakfast; it is the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast will ensure that their brains have enough fuel to focus on studies. Pack them a healthy lunch as well. Give them treats like cookies and chips by all means, but they should be just that: treats. Keep junk food to a minimum, and ensure they have nutritional food in their lunch boxes – especially fresh fruit, veggies, lean meat, milk, and so on.
  3. Ensure adequate and quality sleep: Kids need to sleep a lot more than adults; it is essential for their healthy growth. Make sure they get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep, and create an atmosphere conducive to restful sleep. A glass of warm milk at bedtime helps.
  4. Be up to date with vaccinations: Keep a record of your children’s vaccination schedule; check with your doctor on a regular basis & keep their immunizations up to date
  5. Wash hands often: This is one of the most effective ways for children and adults to keep diseases at bay. Teach children that they need to wash their hands every time they visit the washroom, before meals, after play, and anytime they may get their hands dirty – say art and crafts class or so on. Washing hands helps get rid of most disease spreading bacteria.
  6. Give them a hand sanitizer: It may not be always possible for kids to find water to wash hands; make sure you pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer so that they can instantly clean their hands.
  7. Cover the mouth: Kids must learn to cover their mouths with their hands or a napkin whenever they need to sneeze and cough. Explain to them that if they don’t do so, germs are released into the air, and they enter the bodies of whoever is around. Ask them to tell their friends to do the same.
  8. Encourage them to play: Play is just as important as study; for kids to be healthy, they need to be active – and what better way to do that than indulge in play at school? Encourage your children to participate in gym and sports.
  9. Say no to too much sharing: It goes without saying that kids will share their snacks and lunch at school; and it is good that they share. However, tell them that drinking from the same bottle, juice box or flask, is a no-no. This is one of the quickest ways to spread germs.
  10. Keep their hair and nails clean: Unwashed or uncombed hair can be very inviting to lice. Lice can spread rapidly in classrooms. Make sure that you remove lice from children’s hair by regular shampooing, brushing, and haircuts. Don’t allow their nails to grow too long, as dirt gets accumulated very quickly under nails, and it can become a haven for disease-causing bacteria.

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