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Keeping Kids Healthy

It’s often said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And when it comes to preventing childhood illnesses, that’s certainly the case. Unfortunately, schools and daycare centers can be breeding grounds for illness-causing germs and viruses. But there are things you can do to reduce the chances that your child will become sick.

By following a few basic tips, you can help keep your child healthy and happy throughout the year:

  • Hand-washing is key. Experts agree that washing with soap and warm water is one of the most effective ways to kill germs. Talk to your child about good hygiene, and remind them to wash their hands after using the restroom, after blowing their nose and before handling food. You might also provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wipes for those times when soap and water are not available.
  • Keep coughs under cover. Teach your child to cover their mouth and nose whenever they need to cough or sneeze. Use a tissue whenever possible, or show them how to cough into the crook of their arm. And then head to the sink to wash up.
  • Stop the spread of germs. Encourage your child to avoid close contact with anyone who has been sick, and tell them not to share snacks, drinks and other personal items.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Help your child stay healthy by getting plenty of rest and exercise, eating a well-balanced diet and keeping up-to-date with all vaccinations.

Watch this video to learn more about Keeping Kids Healthy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.