Sick Already?

Whew!  What a whirlwind week we had of a new school, new friends, new teacher….it’s been a great start but not such a great end to the first week!

I remember last year when I was getting ready for my son’s first day of kindergarten for this year(yes, six months ahead of time!  I just like to organize and be ready!) that I had taken my children to their pediatrician for their annual checkups and she had told me of all the viruses my son would catch and how he would be sick more often, thus, making more frequent visits to her office.  Of course I believed her but I didn’t expect that it would happen so soon!  At the end of the first week, on Friday when he came home from school, he was coughing and sneezing and it escalated to a full-fledged cold.  My poor baby!  Of course, they are not the only ones who get sick.  So do the teacher, parents, and the kids at home too!

Here are a few tips to help your children during “sick” season (which, of course, is year-round!):

They need to wash their hands!  I know that this is a universal rule and everyone knows this without being told but the reality is that children do not do it so you must be on them all the time.  You can only hope that they will wash their hands at school but there is no way of knowing for sure.  The only thing you can do is give them an anti-bac small enough to fit in their pockets and encourage them to wash their hands after P.E. and lunch, and after they use the bathroom.

They need to learn how to cough the correct way!  That sounds very elementary I’m sure, but it’s important that they don’t sneeze or cough just anywhere!  I have taught my son to cough or sneeze into his sleeve, use a tissue (which I always try to put in his pocket), or just simply turn away.  Mickey Mouse and Handy Manny have great clips in between cartoons.

Reward them for a job well done!  Just like potty training, children like to be rewarded and praised for doing a great job in anything:  doing their homework, learning a new task, or knowing how to avoid getting sick by practicing good, healthy habits.  So reward them any way you think they will feel all the praise and love as they continue to learn.  And believe it or not, in a sort of contradictory way, a milestone!

Puffs tissue paper

I’ve been using a lot of these!

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