Maintain a healthy diet, daily activity and get plenty of rest: Children thrive on consistency with schedules. Encouraging a daily routine with nutritious meals, physical activity and bed time rituals will keep their bodies healthy to fight off the bad germs they are exposed to on a daily basis.
Get a check-up: Make sure your child is up-to-date on well visits with his/her pediatrician, as well as keeping up with their immunizations. Well visits help to track your child's growth, development and identify any potential conditions. Children should have an annual well visit, even if there are no obvious medical issues.
Learn to be a handwashing expert: Adults and children should always wash their hands after bathroom visits, petting animals and before preparing food, among other tasks. Use the warmest water temperature you can stand and scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. Encourage consistent hand washing rituals at home to develop good habits while away, specifically at school.
Arm them with sanitizer: Most teachers and schools require parents to send in a donation of hand sanitizer, but why rely on that alone? Attach a travel size sanitizer to your child's book bag for quick germ protection. Remind the kids that "a dab will do ya," and use it as a back-up if a sink and soap are not readily available.
Sanitize when belongings come home: Kids take tons of items to school - back packs, notebooks, pencil boxes and lunch totes. When these items arrive back home at the end of the day or school week, take time to clean them. Lunch boxes and reusable containers should be cleaned daily to prevent bacteria growth. Book bags, pencil boxes, calculators and hard bound notebooks can be wiped down with antibacterial wipes. This extra step helps to keep germs out of your home.