Immunity in the Classroom: What You Should Know
As we send our kiddos back to school with “heads full of brains and shoes full of feet,” we forget that it’s germs' favorite season too!
That’s right – flu is most common during fall and winter. And the common cold starts as early as late-August. . . not to mention, that COVID 19 is still hanging around.
But on top of viruses being more rampant this time of year, children are also more likely to come down with these illnesses because of:
- Little immune systems
- School and daycare
This means, it’s not just back-to-school for our kiddos. . . but for germs too.
And with masks no longer protecting us from spreading germs (especially at school), we’ll need to strengthen other areas of our immunity armor.
We’ll give you the best tools to boost those little immune systems and discover germs’ secret school hideouts. Let’s go :)
Oh, The Places Germs Go!
When we think about germs’ favorite hideouts, our first thought is usually bathrooms.
But germs have MANY secret hideouts and school bathrooms are just the start. According to a study, researchers found that germs and bacteria overwhelmingly came from:
Now that’s one sneaky hideout. But other school-germ-hot-spots included:
- Water fountains
- Cafeteria trays
- Classroom supplies (shared books, pencils, crayons)
- Gym Equipment
- Bus Seats
As much as we’d love to post a Keep Out! sign for invaders, a germ-free environment isn’t possible at school.
But what we CAN do is strengthen our kiddo’s immune system and reinforce those good hygiene behaviors!
How to Ace School Immunity
We know that the beginning of the school year is prime time for germs and sickness. But with a few tools, we can give our kiddo’s immune system a major boost!
Now that COVID cases are down, we’ve let our good hygiene habits slip. But now is a great time to review why handwashing is super important. . . and not just after going to the potty.
Remind your kiddos to ALWAYS wash their hands before and/or after:
- Going potty
- Sneezing, coughing, or blowing their nose
And if possible, after touching surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, and shared items.
2) Water Bottles
Drinking fountains are on the top list of germs' favorite hideouts. So help minimize your kiddo’s exposure with their very own water bottle. Just remind them that water bottles are not for sharing! Not even for BFFs.
3) Hand Sanitizer
During COVID, hand sanitizer was #1 on our minds. And should continue to be super important during this season. Keep hand sanitizer in your kiddo’s backpack and remind them to use it often.
4) Symptom Check
If your little one is showing symptoms, it’s best to keep them home – just to be on the safe side. We don’t want to give germs a free ride to a friend’s, neighbors, or classmate’s home!
Follow the steps to help them recover and get them back in tip-top shape before heading back to school.
5) Immunity Boost
The best defender against icky viruses is a strong immune system. With plenty of colorful fruits and veggies (or a healthy vitamin for picky eaters), your kiddo’s immune system will fuel up with antioxidants and the best immunity superstars:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
With a strong immune system, your kiddo will ace classroom immunity. . . “And will you succeed. Yes! You will, indeed! (98 3/4% guaranteed).
The Immunity A+ Student
The Back-to-School Bundle is a perfect way to keep your kiddo’s immune system strong in the classroom. With immunity support and the Bright & Brainy B6, they’ll have all the tools for a healthy start to the school year.
The Back to School Bundle includes:
- Picky Eater Multi: multivitamin for kids with 18 essential vitamins and minerals
- Bright & Brainy B6: for super smart brains to work at their full potential
- Invincible Vitamin C: made with Elderberry and Zinc for extra antioxidant power
Grab your Back to School Bundle today for an A+ immunity boost this fall!