Healthy routines at home and at school are important steps toward helping keep families healthy. Children are exposed every day at school to viruses and bacteria, some of which could make them sick. Find tips and information for practicing healthy routines while school is in session below:
Establish Before- and After-School Hygiene Habits
As your child adapts to the school-day routine, you can help make hygiene a regular part of the day with some basic actions both before and after school.
- Teach your child how and when to wash his/her hands. He/she should wash for 20 seconds; a handy timer is to sing the "Happy Birthday Song" all the way through, twice.
Review proper Handwashing Steps.
- Continually reinforce the fact that everyone should wash his or her hands for at least 20 seconds before every meal, after using the bathroom and after playing outside.
- Make handwashing fun by downloading a handwashing poster to read together and hang by your bathroom sink.
- Show your child how to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, for those times when soap and water are not available.
- Pack your child's backpack with tissues and hand sanitizer to carry along to school.
- Designate an area near the door where everyone can take off their shoes and drop their bags when they come inside. This helps reduce the tracking of dirt and germs throughout your home.
- Send your child straight to the sink upon arrival home, to scrub his/her hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. As CDC has noted, handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs.
- Talk to your child to make sure he/she is following important personal hygiene habits both at home and in the classroom. Together, visit the Ounce of Prevention for Kids website, developed in partnership with the CDC. It offers for plenty of good, clean fun along with interactive games and exercises to help make hygiene a priority: www.oopkids.com
- As a parent, remain diligent about cleaning and disinfecting tables, countertops and other frequently touched surfaces. (All food contact surfaces must be rinsed after disinfection.) These practices will help you to stop the spread of germs your child may have brought home from school. Disinfect the hard surfaces and sanitize the soft surfaces that kids touch, including doorknobs, light switches and book bags.
Check out LYSOL's Disinfecting Tips
Review Cleaning and Disinfecting for quick tips in cleaning to remove germs from the various rooms throughout your home.