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With school just around the corner, exposure to flu or colds is common. When there are many kids in the area, sickness can spread rapidly. There are secrets to completely protect kids from germs and bacteria. But as they say, prevention is always better than cure.
Here are some parenting tips on how to keep your child from getting sick at school.
How to keep your child from getting sick at school?
Get enough sleep
Sleep, as we all know, is very important. As we sleep, our bodies heal. Adults need at least 8 hours of sleep a day to become productive. Kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day. This helps build their immunity and build resistance. Avoid screen time at least one hour before bedtime to help your child fall asleep faster. Also, having a good night’s rest will keep the body refreshed and produce more energy to fight off bacteria, germs, and infection.
Eat a well-balanced diet
Planning a healthy meal is important to ensure that your child is protected from any sickness. Kids should have well-balanced meals throughout the day. Pack some veggies, fruits, and lots of water for lunch. Yogurt is also a good probiotic that helps build the immune system.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon or mackerel help produce proteins in the body. These proteins are needed to help clear out flu viruses from the body. Make sure that your child is getting enough vitamins and minerals.
Good washing habits
Teach your child to wash their hands often – before and after eating, after using the restroom, or playing with toys or on the playground. Carry hand sanitizer on the go. Clean hands are the biggest threats to germs and bacteria.
Cover mouth when sneezing or coughing
There are techniques on how to do this properly. Experts say that sneezing through the elbow will minimize the spreading of germs. Use a tissue or handkerchief when coughing.
Constant movement helps boost the immune system. Pediatricians recommend that kids should at least move every hour. It is a known fact that active kids are healthier and less likely to get sick in school.
When someone is sick in school, advise your child to give them space. There is no need to ignore them completely. Just avoid body contact and try not to use items that have been used by the sick child. This includes items such as books, markers, or toys. Sharing these things allow germs to spread quickly. Teachers could also provide school materials to the students so that there is no need to borrow.
Avoid sharing drinks or food
While sharing is a generous act, minimize drinking from the same bottle or container. Individually pack snacks or provide your child with their own drinking bottle. Inform them to use utensils as well when eating as this will less likely contaminate food with germs.
Sanitize, spray, and leave shoes outside
Regularly sanitize items or surfaces that your child uses often. Cellphones, desktops, or laptops must be cleaned daily to avoid spreading germs. Backpacks must also be washed, wiped and sprayed with disinfectant every two weeks.
Upon arriving home from school, leave shoes and backpacks by the door. These items could pick up germs from school buses, restrooms, or classrooms. Leaving shoes outside will keep germs and bacteria from spreading at home.
Keep hands off face, nose, and mouth
Inform your child to keep their hands off their mouth, nose, and face. These are the three major areas germs can easily access the body. Use a tissue if needed. If your child is into nail-biting, teach them to break the habit. Germs like to hide underneath the nails.
While these are just helpful tips to keep your child from getting sick at school, it is also important to have flu shots and regular visits to the pediatrician.
Lastly, it is also important to also check the school’s policy regarding sick kids and ensure that they are well implemented.
Children Central is the preschool you can trust to ensure that your child’s well-being is prioritized. We understand the importance of cleanliness and a healthy body. Our teachers are equipped with proper training and skills to provide the needed care and attention your child deserves.
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The holiday season is the time to give and receive gifts, such as books, toys, and movies. Children look at different toys that shine in malls that make their eyes sparkle with joy. Parents, on the other hand, worry about the safety of the toys they buy.
What are the best gift ideas?
Approximately 10 years ago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported around 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms in different hospitals. Around 72% of the casualties included youngsters below 15 years of age. Toy makers want to prevent these injuries since it affects the children that want toys and the parents who purchase them as gifts.
How to carefully inspect toys?
Aside from enjoying shopping trips to the mall, make sure that you raise awareness of this issue for other families you know.
Make sure to inspect the toys before you buy them. Try to avoid toys with sharp edges, lots of little parts, or parts that can be easily pulled off. (Especially if it’s for a baby or toddler)
- Check the labels for recommended ages and skill level. Make sure the age and skill indicated are appropriate for your child.
- Look for the label that says ATSM which means American Society for Testing and Materials. This ensures the toy manufacturer complied with quality requirements.
- Parents should try out the toys before buying them.
- Refrain from buying toys that contain cords and ropes that can be harmful to kids. Also, avoid coloring materials that do not show non-toxic labels.
What are the best Christmas gift ideas?
With Christmas nearly here, parents swarm to the nearest mall. It can get crazy browsing every shelf, rack, and department. To avoid long lines, prepare a list of all the toys that you intend to buy beforehand. Read through this list of gift ideas to make shopping easier.
For 5 year old children
Every parent wants their young children to continue building their skills in time for school.
Pedal bicycle (with training wheels)
Every child longs to have independence during their childhood. When they receive their first bicycle, they feel excited even if they don’t know how to ride. Bicycles symbolize independence, transportation, and mobility. It teaches kids about safety, basic rules and regulations, and even discipline. Find a bicycle that is safe for children.
Gonge river stones
Back in the day, children use to pretend that the floor was lava. Through their imagination, they be anything they want, from superheroes to super villains. These river stones amplify their imagination and present a physical challenge. Whether kids play indoors or outdoors, this toy gives a safe experience.
Children develop their balance and coordination from this game. They learn to adapt to the environment and survive an obstacle course with their friends. Some use this in physical and occupational therapy since it aids in the development of physical attributes. Other teachers use these stones in PE classes.
Teepees give children their own privacy and space. Here, they can decorate and fill it with their favorite toys. Some children bring their best friends and talk about how their day went.
Children with great imaginations enjoy this kind of gift. Other times, parents encourage their children to read whenever they spend time inside. To most children, when they get their own, it’s their safe haven.
Coloring books and crayons
For those who indulge in arts and crafts, coloring materials, such as crayons and oil pastels entice them to be creative. These are best when paired with coloring books. Coloring books come in different themes, like animals, fairytale characters, or even popular people. The more children color books, the more they exercise their color coordination and cognitive skills.
Remember to always check the labels and observe the packaging of toys before buying. Ensure that it’s safe and appropriate for children. Let’s continue to raise awareness and educate people about obtaining safe and quality toys.
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