A school is a place where your child is more likely to pick up more germs than at home, this is because they are exposed to mixing with other children; and through activities like coughing, sneezing, touching shared surfaces or eating contaminated food germs can spread quickly.
Here are four clean habits to teach your child, whether they are just starting school or returning after the holidays.
1. Wash Hands Regularly
An effective way of preventing the spread of germs is by regular hand washing. It is important to help your child build a habit of washing hands before and after specific activities.
Teach your child to wash hands:
- After using the toilet
- Before eating
- After playing outside
- After touching something dirty
- After coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose
- After touching a dirty tissue
- After petting animals
- Whenever hands look dirty
2. Clean Public Surfaces Before Touching
Public surfaces like desks, rails, toilet seats, doorknobs are common places for germs to be spread. To reduce the risk of picking up germs at school, ensure your child always keep wipes or sanitisers handy, making a habit of using public surfaces cautiously.
3. Cover your cough and sneeze
A clean habit your child should learn at an early even before starting school is covering their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. It is also equally important that they do not stand close to someone sneezing or coughing, especially when they are not covering their face or turning it aside.
4. Handle Food Safely
Food contamination is a quick way for a child to come in contact with germs and bacteria. To protect your child from this, it is important they learn to handle their meals safely. Ensure your child keep utensils neat and washes his/her hands properly before directly touching food. Also, picking up food items that have dropped to the ground is unacceptable as well as eating unwashed fruits.
Finally, it is important to let children also feel responsible for their well being, this will help them stay conscious and committed to clean habits.