Want To Avoid All Those Colds and Sore Throats This Year?
A simple act can keep you and your kids healthier this fall and winter. An article in the American Journal Of Infection Control showed that a single session with 5 - 15 years olds explaining how to use an alcohol based hand sanitizer and getting them to clean their hands 3- 4 times a day reduced the number of kids who missed 4 or more days of school because of illness by 66% and increased the number of kids with perfect attendence by 20%. The message is clear. Even young children can be taught to wash their hands after they go to the bathroom and before they eat (even a snack). Putting a hand sanitizer in their school bag or their school desk makes it easier for them to do it. Washing the hands with soap and water is always good. They should sing or say the alphabet if they need a cue as to how long to wash with soap and water. With hand sanitizer, don`t use the hands until they`ve dried (usually about 15 seconds or so). If you want to protect them and others even more, teach your children to sneeze or cough into the angle of their elbow to avoid contaminating their hands; have them use the hand sanitizer after they`ve used any communal devide (like a computer keyboard if it`s being shared by more than one child); and, have them bring their own water bottle to school rather than use the water fountain. All these moves will make for a healthier school year.