School is in full swing and that means backpacks are filled with books, homework, and reams of paperwork for parents to sift through. And unfortunately, that’s not all that your kids will be bringing home this school year. That’s right, ‘tis the season for germs.
Did you know that the average child has 6 to 10 colds a year? These colds result in countless doctor visits, missed school days, and even lost work time for parents. But while it might be impossible to prevent your child from ever getting sick, here are some proven ways to help the spread of germs and help your child stay healthy.
- Help keep them healthy from the inside out. Make sure your children get plenty of quality sleep, drink plenty of water, and well-balanced meals and snack.
- Wash hands well, and often. Teach your children the importance of thoroughly washing their hands after using the bathroom and before every meal and snack, not to mention after recess, coughing, sneezing.
- Avoid germ spots. Teach your child to not put his or her mouth on the spigot of a water fountain, avoid putting their food directly on a cafeteria tray, and not eat anything that has dropped on the floor.
- Clean their backpack regularly. From being dragged across the playground, to being dropped on the school floor, backpacks pick up a ton of germs. Keep the germs to a minimum by wiping them down with a wet cloth or sanitary wipe.
- Sharing isn’t always caring, especially when it comes to colds and the germs that cause them. Teach your children to never share their water bottles, utensils, and bites of food with friends and classmates.
- Send in supplies to the classroom. Many schools are stretched financially and don’t allocate enough funds to help teachers get the supplies they need. Offer to send in liquid soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and tissues to keep kids healthy.
This is also the perfect time of year to have your heating system thoroughly cleaned and inspected by Eagle Service Company. As part of the process, we’ll clean or replace your filter and clean other system components, as well. We also urge moms and dads to check their filters monthly and clean as needed to help keep your indoor air as clean as possible. Why? Because that’s another great way to help every member of your family from developing cold and allergy symptoms. Contact us today to schedule service, especially if it’s been a year or more since your heating system was last professionally maintained.