by Deena Bradford, LPN
Health Tips for Back to School
Let’s face it! Children are germy little creatures! Putting them in large groups, like classrooms, only makes it worse. Parents, there are ways to help reduce their risk of becoming ill and spreading illness.
- Make sure your child is up to date on all immunizations. Schools are usually pretty good at telling you when a shot is due or upcoming.
- Proper hand washing. Educate your children on how and when to wash their hands. Waterless hand sanitizing gel can be used when there is not the soap and water readily available but they need to wash their hands as soon as they have the opportunity
- Children have the habit of sharing combs, brushes, hats, and hair things. My daughter will come home with several items. “We traded, mommy.” Not sharing these items is something I really have to stress. Head lice is more common during the school year.
- Do not send your child to school with a fever. We have all been guilty of giving them Tylenol, sending them on their way, and praying we do not get a call at work. Their little bodies are trying to fight off something when they have a fever and this is their most contagious time. I know I don’t want my child to be exposed because her tablemate was sent to school sick.
- Sanitize the hard surfaces in your home. The germs that your children are exposed to at school have a way of making it home with them.
- Adequate sleep is very important. It helps in their overall health and wellness. Sleep deprived people are more apt to suffer frequent illness.
- Be consistent. Practice makes perfect. Eventually all of your hard work teaching them these health habits will pay off.
Wishing you a happy and healthy school year from Salerno Health!
Deena Bradford, LPN
6307 Waterford Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73118