Cold Tips:Back to School Healthy Habits to Teach the Kids
As we zip up the backpacks, double-check the shoelaces and make sure our little champs eat a healthy breakfast, every parent (and teacher!) worries about them coming to class with the dreaded common cold symptoms – sniffles, the throat tickles and the occasional ACHOO!
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 200 viruses that can cause the common cold and more than 22 million school days are lost each year due to cold symptoms alone. This is most apparent in schools, as they tend to “encourage” cold viruses to pass from person to person because many people are in close contact and share supplies and equipment (not to mention the occasional gummy bear or Oreo cookie).
Fortunately, there are some ways that educators and parents can make sure kids practice healthy habits, so the cold virus is contained and isn’t passed from one friend to another, to another…to another.
Do You Vampire Sneeze?
Since sneezing into your hands can actually help germs transfer to others, sneeze into the crook of your elbow (it’s the most fun when you pretend you’re Count Dracula each time you feel a sneeze coming on). By sneezing into your clothes, you can lower the chances of transferring germs to your friends or classmates. You can also use the crook of your elbow when you’re coughing!
What’s Your Hand Etiquette?
Not everyone may practice this, but one of the easiest ways to keep germs from spreading is to WASH YOUR HANDS! Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep from spreading illnesses like the cold virus. Germs are everywhere, from your desk, to the pencil sharpener, to the monkey bars and jungle gym. With a simple wash of the hands (make sure to use soap; the more bubbles, the better!), we can STOP those germs from reaching our mouths, noses and eyes, which are the main entry points for germs. For school trips, teachers should carry a hand sanitizer or antimicrobial solution.
Make sure kids (and adults) are washing their hands for at least 20 seconds! Make it a game and let kids time their hand washing routine with a watch or stopwatch. Another fun idea that the Center for Disease Control recommends is for children to sing “Happy Birthday” twice to reach the suggested 20 seconds. The entire hand should be scrubbed, including the wrist, hands, between fingers and under the fingernails!
Show Me Your Nom Nom Style!
Gummy bears and Oreos are tasty, but they actually lower your immune system and make you more likely to catch a cold. To keep your system strong like Superman’s, eat healthy and well-balanced meals throughout the day. Foods such as oranges, avocadoes, tomatoes, yogurt and lean meats have all the nutrients and vitamins to keep common colds at bay!
If you follow these fun tips, you should catch less common colds but in the event that you still come down with a pesky cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, or sneezing, try Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy. Cold-EEZE throat lozenges are clinically proven to shorten a cold. And don’t forget, for students under 12 years of age, please consult a health professional prior to use.
Also, log on to the Cold-EEZE Facebook page or the Get Well Sooner Blog and let us know some of your favorite “Back to School Healthy Habits” that help you and your favorite students prevent the common cold or help shorten the common cold so that everyone can have a happy and healthy school year!