Tips for Parents
Keeping Yourself & Your Student Healthy
Researchers continue to uncover new information regarding germs. In fact, they now know that cold viruses are more tenacious than previously thought — some of these nasty viruses can live on hard surfaces for at least 18 hours. Remind your student that washing his hands frequently remains his best line of defense against catching and spreading cold and flu viruses. There are also some additional tips you can share with him for keeping sickness at bay this year:
- Flick switches with the side of your hand or wrist. This will make you less likely to pick up or pass along germs on your hands.
- Don't borrow others' cell phones. You'll avoid coming in contact with a host of germs this way.
- Try not to touch your eyes or nose. These are the places where cold germs enter your body.
Bring your own pen. Sharing pens is a prime way to pass germs.
- Wipe surfaces often. Use a soapy sponge to wipe up surfaces you touch frequently.
- Sneeze into your elbow. When kids today are taught to "cover their mouth," this is how it's done. When tissues aren't available, sneezing (or coughing) into your elbow keeps germs off your hands.
- Toss all of your used tissues promptly — yourself. Don't ask others to do so for you, as it puts them at risk.
- Exercise, eat well and get enough sleep. All of these things help boost your immune system — and your ability to successfully fight off viruses.
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