I just sent my daughter off to first grade and my son starts next week. Anyone else blink and POOF went the summer?! Now my calendar is full of soccer practices, Girl Scout meetings and parent teacher conferences. Welcome to Back to School Season and germ season! Ha! Over the past couple years we’ve taken some extra steps to fight germs and we’re going to share a few simple ways you can too.
Simple Ways to Fight Germs during Back to School Season
Let’s face it. Kids with other kids is a recipe for sniffles and endless colds. Enforcing a few simple ways to fight germs in your kids will help keep colds at a minimum this school year.
Wash Hands After School
My daughter loves lists and enjoyed her summer list so much that I created another one for back to school. At the very top of the list is washing her hands as soon as she gets home from school. It’s important to remind them to wash hands frequently, after going to the bathroom, and also after school. We also have her change out of her school clothes right away. Mini hand sanitizer bottles can be clipped on backpacks and stored in your car kit.
CLEAN Water Bottles
My kids and I carry water bottles EVERYWHERE we go. Between school, shopping carts, sports and the playground, water bottles have a tendency to build up bacteria and mold. ZULU Athletic has designed a cleaner water bottle that not only keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours, but it contains Guardian anti-microbial Technology. The Chase Stainless Steel Kids Bottle was designed with an FDA approved food grade silicone spout that essentially inhibits mold and bacterial growth on the drink surface. So no matter where your kids throw their cups, this technology and the leak-proof flip lid will keep those germs at bay.
ZULU water bottles were originally made for athletes, so you know they’ll be able to withstand anything that your kids can and will put them through!
ZULU Athletic water bottles are available in a variety of sizes and colors at ZuluAthletic.com and Target.
Sanitize All the Things
Those pesky cold germs not only lie on your kids and their clothing, but also on the surface of their backpacks, lunch bags and other supplies like pens, pencils and rulers. It’s good practice to disinfect and wipe down all their items that they take to and from school.
Take Daily Vitamins
During the school year especially, we make sure to keep up with our daily vitamins. Among the rotation is vitamin C, elderberry, and a multivitamin. I’ve found that whenever we’ve run out the sniffles arrive. It’s so crazy! So set those auto-ship reminders and make sure your kids have the toughest immune system support on their side.
Rotate Toothbrushes Regularly
This is one I NEVER thought of until someone else mentioned it to me. Our toothbrushes are basically a breeding ground for bacteria. It’s recommended that adults change their toothbrushes every 2-3 months, but did you know that your kids’ toothbrushes should be changed more frequently? We stock up on them whenever there is a sale or see a coupon in order to change out every 1-2 months and after any illnesses.