Back to School – Germ Prevention

Hey there, parents and caregivers! 

The school bells have rung and the kids are back in their classrooms! This new season of learning and growth also means potential encounters with germs. At Fairhope Pediatrics, we understand the importance of a healthy environment, so we’re here with some practical tips for germ prevention to help you keep those smiles shining bright.

1. Wash Those Hands: This might sound like a broken record, but it’s the golden rule of germ prevention! Teach your kids to wash their hands frequently and properly. Scrubbing for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water is the secret sauce to getting rid of those pesky germs.

2. Hand Sanitizer on Standby: When soap and water aren’t available, a trusty hand sanitizer can save the day. Pop a small bottle into your child’s backpack and remind them to use it before and after meals, and after sneezing or coughing.

3. Cover Those Sneezes and Coughs: Speaking of sneezing and coughing, sneezing into the crook of the elbow is the superhero move that prevents germs from spreading through the air. Practice with your kids at home, and then they will use that habit in class too.

4. Healthy Habits, Happy Immune System: A balanced diet, regular exercise, and enough sleep work wonders for boosting your child’s immune system. Consider packing nutrient-rich snacks and encouraging physical activity to keep their defenses up.

5. Clean and Tidy Backpacks: Just like a superhero’s utility belt, a backpack carries all sorts of essentials…but also lots of germs. Regularly cleaning and sanitizing it helps prevent germs from hitching a ride home.

6. Stay Home When Sick: It’s a tough call, but keeping a sick child home is a critical step in preventing a classroom-wide germ fest. If they’re not feeling well, a day of rest is the best. Also, keeping your kid at home for 24-48 hours after they’ve been unwell helps to reduce the spread of germs. Contact us if you need any advice on symptoms, or if you are unsure on when you can send your child back to school.

7. Regular Communication: Partner with your child’s school to stay informed about their hygiene practices and any potential outbreaks. Open lines of communication can make a big difference in keeping everyone in the loop.

At Fairhope Pediatrics, we’re all about creating a healthy and thriving environment. By incorporating these simple yet effective germ prevention strategies, you’re not only keeping your kids healthy but also fostering a culture of well-being within their school community. Here’s to a fantastic school year filled with growth, laughter, and lots of hand washing!

Remember, our team is here to support you in maintaining a clean and safe space for your children. And as always, if your kid does get sick, call us to schedule your appointment!