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Fighting Back To School Bugs

The start of the school year promises two things… the return of a much-needed routine and the increased risk of your household catching the latest bug. 

From common coughs and colds to skin infections and sickness bugs, it is no secret that schools and nurseries are breeding grounds for illness-causing germs. In this article, we are sharing our top preventative tips for fighting those dreaded back-to-school bugs this year.

Encourage Correct Hand Washing

If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it’s that frequent and correct handwashing is paramount to our health. Studies have found that children touch up to 300 surfaces in 30 minutes (yikes!), so we can only imagine the number of germs they have on their hands at any given moment! 

To combat back-to-school bugs, explain the importance of hand washing to your children and ensure they understand how to wash their hands correctly (preferably with anti-bacterial soap). When children return from school, ensure that washing their hands is the first thing they do.

Make Anti-Bac You’re New Best Friend

Another way to combat school germs is to wipe everything down with antibacterial spray. Children’s lunch boxes, water bottles, book bags etc. should be sprayed with an anti-bacterial solution and wiped down with a damp cloth. Most antibacterial sprays can also be used on clothes, meaning you can also wipe down school uniforms that are too clean for a full machine cycle.

Allow For Plenty Of Outdoor Time

Allowing your little one to let off steam in the great outdoors is good for many reasons. It enables them to get lots of exercise and stay active whilst simultaneously building up their immune system. Plus, spending time playing outside can help tire them out, which is important for our next tip…

Stick To A Sleep Schedule

Any parent will understand the challenges that come with sticking to a suitable bedtime. Unfortunately, not getting enough sleep can weaken the immune system, leaving children vulnerable to germs and illnesses. Children aged 3-5 years should be getting 10-13 hours of sleep each night, and children aged 6-13 years should be sleeping for 9-12 hours per night.

Provide Daily Vitamin Supplements

The UK government recommends that all children aged 6 months to 5 years should take daily supplements containing vitamins A, C and D. Taking vitamin supplements throughout childhood can help maintain a strong immune system. Vitamin supplements are available to purchase from most supermarkets and chemists and are available as chewy gummies, drops and liquids.

Don’t Forget The 5 A Day

A healthy, balanced diet that includes fruit, vegetables, probiotics and protein is key to having a strong immune system. Choose snacks carefully, yoghurts, fruit pots and veg sticks with a healthy dip are a great choice. For fussy eaters, blend vegetables up into sauces or try making deliciously healthy fruit and veg smoothies.

Encourage Lots Of Drinking Water

Always send your kids to school with a refillable water bottle and encourage them to stay hydrated throughout the day. Staying hydrated is crucial for a healthy immune system!