It's no surprise that students of all ages can be exposed to germs and cold symptoms at school. Teachers and school staff do all they can to keep illness at bay, but kids often catch bugs from their classmates. Bringing a cold home can quickly be passed on to siblings or parents at home.
Fighting germs from spreading through your home may seem like an inevitable battle, but germs can be stopped (or at least managed). Our team at MultiCare Immediate Clinic has compiled six key steps you can take to maintain good health and prevent the spread of illness in your home.
1. Get your flu shot
It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exception. According to the CDC, getting a flu shot can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
2. Clean and disinfect ipads, backpacks, lunchboxes, etc.
Germs can collect on commonly used surfaces. Check the tag on your child’s back pack for washing instructions, and wipe down electronics and lunchboxes with antibacterial wipes.
3. Consider probiotics
Instead of always fighting germs with antibiotics, talk with your health care provider about boosting the amount of good bacteria in your child’s immune system with a probiotic supplement.
4. Keep hand sanitizer close by
Washing your hands in soap and warm water is the best defense against germs, but it's not always convenient or possible. Alcohol-based sanitizing gel or wipes are a good alternative for children over 6 years old. Before sending your child to school with sanitizer, you may want to confirm that it complies with school policy.
5. Get proper sleep
Sleep is essential for maintaining student (and adult!) health. Lack of sleep can negatively impact the immune system. The CDC recommends that school-age children get 9-12 hours of sleep daily.
6. When your child is sick, avoid school and visit Immediate Clinic
If your child is contagious or is too sick to spend the day at school, consider visiting a nearby Immediate Clinic location. You can book an appointment online or walk in. Our experienced team of providers can evaluate your child, provide trusted steps for managing their illness and prescribe medication when necessary.