Back to School: Prevent the Flu

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Hear that sound? It’s the sound of parents everywhere cheering for back to school. Hear that other sound? It’s a kid in your child’s class sneezing on everything.


Back to school is great, but it’s also a time where germs fly rampant. Here are some tips to keep your kids (and yourself) healthy.


Hand Sanitizer! Hand Sanitizer! Hand Sanitizer!

Alcohol-based disinfectants are an easy and effective way to help your child reduce the likelihood of picking up germs when coming in contact with other children. You can’t prevent kids from being around each other, touching each other and playing with the same toys, but you can show your child how they can form useful habits.


A Cleanable Backpack

An easy way to prevent your kid from bringing home germs is getting a backpack that can be wiped down. Cloth backpacks tend to hold onto germs whereas vinyl or leather backpacks can be wiped down.


Healthy Foods
Foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients will help the body naturally build its immune system. Pack fruits that are rich in Vitamin C, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables such as leafy greens with high nutrient content. Citrus fruits  and blueberries that are rich in antioxidants will help your child build up the natural arsenal they need to fight off germs. Don’t forget to also give them a healthy snack after school every now and then, like a citrus and ginger popsicle.


Thermometer
As parents, we know that a cold or flu coming into our household is inevitable once kids go back to school. We can be prepared with a good thermometer, some fever reducing meds and plenty of soft tissues. When the slightest symptoms of sickness arise, be prepared with a Kinsa thermometer.




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