Q What can I do to minimize my child getting ill with school starting up again?
A Sick days are stressful for both kids and parents, and with kids getting an average of 8-10 colds a year, it is important to do what we can to prevent illness. Teaching your children to wash their hands correctly, and often, is the most valuable thing you can do to prevent the spread of infection. Hand washing should occur at a minimum after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing, and before eating. Another important item is to encourage your children to keep their hands off their face and out of their mouth. If we pick up a virus off a surface such as a doorknob, we can infect ourselves by introducing it through our eyes or mouth. During flu season, both adults and children should get the flu shot to prevent infection from influenza. Finally, help support a healthy immune system by getting plenty of rest, eating right, and exercising.
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