How to Keep Your Child Safe from School Germs

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School is out for the holidays, but once your children are back they will be once again exposed to hundreds of their classmates’ germs. Here’s how to keep those germs out of your home and out of your child’s system:

 

 

1.Wipe down common surfaces:

Disinfectant wipes can prevent the spread of viruses, bacteria, and fungi, so be sure to have plenty of wipes for the first day back to school after the
winter holiday. If your child is old enough, remind them to wipe down their lockers, desks, pencil cases, and other common surfaces where germs could lurk.If they’re too young, bring them to school a little earlier and help them wipe down the surfaces they’re most likely to touch every day.

2.Wash everything:

From book bags, lunch bags, tennis shoes, and sport uniforms there’s likely to be an item your child brings to school with them every day that has not been cleaned in a while. Gather all of these items and throw them in the washer to wash down those troublesome germs before they can make your child sick.

3. Hand to Mouth:

Water bottles and plastic lunch boxes are just a couple of places germs like to make home, but don’t let them. Items that we touch often have germs on them that we transfer to our bodies by touching our faces. Your child’s first line of defense from germs is to remember to not touch their face after touching something that is not sanitized, and to use warm soap and water to wash their hands if they must touch their face, mouth, and eye area. At home, make a nightly habit of washing water bottles, Tupperware, dishes, etc. that go to school with your children. First rinse dishes with water, then wash them with dish soap, following a final wash with bleach. The bleach solution should be 2 tablespoons of bleach for every gallon of water.

 

 

Hand washing is the best way for your child to avoid getting sick and it’s also the simplest. Layer this protection by using disinfectant wipes like Wipes.com’s single roll wipes disinfectant wipes that can be easily stored in a locker or bookbag to be used by your student whenever they need them. Consider donating a roll of wipes to your student’s teachers, so they can keep the classroom’s surfaces further sterilized.