Can we all just agreed to change the name for this time of year from “back-to-school” to “back-to-the-doctor?” Seriously, that’s what it feels like sometimes. The time of year when kids scrounge up every little germ they can find and pass them out at school like candy. And, just like we’ve all taught our sweet little children, they of course bring them home to share with the whole family. Not this year folks! This year, we’re going in prepared to take the germs head-on. Keep reading to learn some back-to-school tips to keep kids healthy!
Common Back-to-School Illnesses
Isn’t it funny how the same illnesses seem to show up every year around the same time? Where do they come from, and most of all, how do we avoid them? Here is a list of the most common back-to-school issues that you should be aware of…
- Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
- Pink Eye
- Head Lice
- Strep Throat
- The Common Cold
- Norovirus (vomiting and diarrhea)
3 Tips to Help Keep Kids Healthy
Since it’s practically impossible to completely avoid germs altogether, it’s important to take a different approach, and instead be prepared. We can do that with preventative measures, such as hand-washing, and also by boosting our immune systems through diet and supplements. Here are some simple things you can do to help keep your kids healthy this back-to-school season.
Our intentions are good, but let’s face it, the majority of kids aren’t getting all the vitamins and minerals they need at every meal. That’s why a multivitamin, specially formulated for children, is so important.
Choose a yummy chewable option (such as KidBear Kids Multi Cherry by Jarrow Formulas) or look for gummy vitamins and serve them with breakfast every morning before they leave for school. Multi-vitamins help boost your child’s immune system so they can be better prepared to fight germs, such as the common cold, that they come in contact with during back-to-school.
In addition to a multivitamin, try an elderberry supplement to help boost your child’s immune system. We recommend Elder-Mune Sambucus Elderberry Gummies by Zhou Nutrition, or for a yummy liquid supplement, try Kids Black Elderberry Syrup Alcohol-Free by Gaia Herbs.
Not only can it help promote a healthy immune response to illness, but it will help heal the system as it’s getting over one as well. Probiotics are great for fighting stomach illnesses, constipation and diarrhea. They are also really important after a child has been on antibiotics to introduce good bacteria back into the gut.
Talking to your kids about how to avoid and prevent the spread of germs will go a long way towards keeping your family healthy when they go back-to-school. Here are some of the key things you should bring up with them before any public outing.
- Wash your hands often, or use sanitizer.
- Do not share hairbrushes, hats, or accessories.
- Keep your hands out of your mouth, eyes, and nose.
- Never drink after someone else.
- Do not share bites of food.
What other tips and tricks do you use to keep your family healthy during back-to-school season? Tell us in the comments below!