With the cold and flu season knocking at the door, you want to take whatever steps you can to make sure your kids remain healthy. Avoiding illness is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it adds another layer of illness that can be spread through a school and in your own house. Here are some simple tips for doing just that, both at school and at home.

cold and flu season Remind Kids to Wash Their Hands Frequently

Washing your hands is still one of the best ways to fend off all kinds of germs. Make sure to remind your kids to wash their hands before eating, when they come inside from playing, and especially before eating. Also, remind your kids about the importance of washing their hands for at least 20 seconds to get off the majority of the germs.

Practice a Good Sleep Schedule

Experts recommend 10-11 hours of sleep for school-age children to keep them healthy. Anything less can weaken their immune system and increase their chances of getting sick. Help your kids unwind for about half an hour before their bedtime. This will help them fall asleep easier and get quality rest.

Put Hand Sanitizer in Your Child's Backpack

There will be cases where your child forgets or is too overwhelmed with activities to properly wash their hands. Putting hand sanitizer in their backpack is a great way to make sure they still have the chance to kill the germs on their hands even when they are in a rush.

Avoid Germ Sharing

After all the years of being taught about how sharing is caring, it's important to remember that this doesn't apply to things that may spread germs and illnesses. Teach your children never to share silverware, cups, straws, or anything that comes near their mouths or faces. This also applies to attire that comes close to their faces, such as hats and scarves.

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