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Avoiding Back-to-School Germies

by TerriAnn

Sick girl fever germ thermometerIt seems that soon after the kids go back to school, the family starts getting sick more often. Yes, the germs they get at school come home with them and spread. Various studies (you can google it) show things such as cafeteria trays, desks, drinking fountains, and the like having more germs than school toilet seats. Now that’s just gross.

While you can’t disinfect every inch of the school, you can teach your child proper sanitary habits at home. When my daughter went to preschool at four years old, we made sure she brought a little bottle of sanitizer with her. When she got home, it was half empty (or is it half full?) and the next day it was totally gone. We gave her another one and the same thing happened. Not only did she remember to keep her hands clean but, apparently, she wanted everyone else to do the same since she had been sharing her sanitizer with every child in her class!

Some might feel that it’s too hard reminding their kids to always wash their hands AND to do so for about 30 seconds with soap and warm water. Remember that commercial where the little boy sneezes on his hand then opens the classroom door? Uhm, yeah. It might be a pain to constantly check on them but it’s for their own good and their well-being. Plus, they’ll learn a lot faster if they see you doing the same after using the restroom or before handing food.

How germ-conscious are your kids?

I hope you enjoyed this partnered post. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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Felicia September 2, 2012 - 1:04 pm

I am so glad that Graham’s preschool did a GREAT job at teaching them to wash, wash often, and wash correctly!! So important.

TerriAnn September 10, 2012 - 10:17 am

That’s awesome. Sadly, many kids (and adults) are clueless about hygiene…

Kim L September 2, 2012 - 7:14 pm

I am a total germaphobic! I have taught my son since he was little to wash his hands as much as possible at school and not to touch his face. You can never start to young! I’m kind of OCD about it and I drive my family crazy. LOL, but so far I don’t really get sick all that much so it must be working.

TerriAnn September 10, 2012 - 10:18 am

Hahahaha! My sister is like that. I remember her always asking me, “Did you wash your hands? With soap and water?” My daughter teeters on that as she’ll wash her hands every second so we’re trying to teach her to be balanced 🙂

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