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Avoid the "Back to School Plague"

On average elementary students get up to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year. Teachers and parents often call it the "Back to School Plague," so it might be good to talk to your kids now about how they can stay healthy.

The big reason for that many sick days is sharing a classroom with other children means also sharing germs.

Younger students especially touch their faces, mouths and noses...then touch other kids or shared school supplies. That's how they pick up germs like colds, pink eye and strep throat.

To help protect them teach them now to do the following:

  • Avoid the water fountain. Instead have your child bring their own water bottles to school and ask them not to share with anyone.
  • Use hand sanitizer, or wash hands, especially before lunch. Cafeteria trays are a hotbed of nasty germs.
  • Get enough rest. Being well-rested helps keep the immune system healthy. Sleep experts say 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night is the best for little ones.
  • And eat well. Nutritionists say a good breakfast with plenty of vitamin C can build energy and resistance to germs.

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