With the school year starting soon, you may be scheduling back-to-school
checkups with the doctor and thinking about ways to keep your child healthy
in the classroom environment. Children spend most of their time at school,
where it is easy for germs to spread and cause a number of common illnesses.
By following these tips, you can expect
fewer sick days for your child, which will result in a better performance in school.
Teach effective handwashing
Handwashing is one of the most important steps in preventing the spread
of illnesses from person to person. You should teach your child to
wash his or her hands regularly throughout the day, using plenty of soap and scrubbing for at least 20
seconds. With younger children, you might use a song or rhyme to make
sure that your child is washing long enough to effectively kill germs.
Donate cleaning supplies to the classroom
With so many shared surfaces in the classroom, it can be hard to keep up
with cleaning, especially when there are not sufficient supplies to sanitize
desks, toys, and school supplies. You might help promote a cleaner environment
in the classroom by donating some cleaning supplies to the teacher throughout
the school year.
Stick to a vaccination schedule
More schools now require that children be up-to-date with vaccinations
like MMR and DTaP, but there are other optional immunizations that can
be beneficial too. The flu shot, for example, can greatly reduce chances
of getting sick in the fall season.
Keep your child home when he or she is sick
If your child does get sick, you should have him or her stay home until
symptoms clear up. You might also encourage other parents to do the same
with their children. When kids stay home to get better, fewer kids will
get sick overall.
At West Hills Hospital, you can find the family-friendly preventive care
your child needs to stay well in every season. To explore
our healthcare resources, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line
at (818) 676-4321.