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Health Tip: Avoid the Back to School Sniffles

By: Brennan

We’ve all seen it before – the kids go back to school and bring home a case of the sniffles. The average American child has six to 10 colds per year. In fact, children’s colds cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children, especially kids entering school for the first time, are more prone to pick up germs and get sick for a number of reasons

  • Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults
  • Kids are in close contact with one another at school
  • Children, especially young ones, have germy habits like sticking things in their mouths or forgetting to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough

Keep your kids healthy this year with these tips.

  • Get your child vaccinated.
  • Teach proper hand-washing. Advise your child to scrub all over their hands, between fingers and around nails in warm, soapy water for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Provide hand sanitizer.
  • Teach your child germ etiquette. Teach your kids to steer clear of other kids who are coughing and sneezing, and to always cover their mouths either with a tissue or the inside of their elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Life a healthy lifestyle. Set a bedtime, encourage exercise and help your kids eat healthy to build a strong immune system.