Day one of school has come and gone for us here in sunny Southwest Florida. Wouldn’t you know it, I got a phone call from Aidan’s school on the first day back. “Hello Mrs. Fine. I just wanted to let you know that Aidan is running a slight fever and is sleeping in the book nook.” Well doesn’t that figure! My parents told me that as a small child I was sick during any important occasion. Family vacations, first weeks of school and anything else important…I came down with Mary Disease. That’s what they called it. As it turns out, Aidan has inherited my Mary Disease. How in the world am I supposed to keep this kid healthy all year? As many parents can relate, I’ve got to get to work! It’s time for me to break out the big guns and get cracking on this list of ways to keep children healthy during the school year.
7 Ways to Keep Children Healthy During the School Year
- Hand Washing: This is the number 1 line of defense for any transmittable illnesses. Teach your child to wash their hands before and after leaving the classroom, after the bathroom and especially before eating.
- No Touching Their Face: Even after a good hand washing, germs still remain. It’s important to teach children not to touch their hands to their face, especially their nose, mouth and eyes.
- Probiotics: I am a recent believer in probiotics. I only started them after Aidan complained of a belly ache a few days in a row. Less than 24 hours after giving him his first dose and he seemed like a different little boy. Apparently, gut bacteria is vital to a healthy immune system!
- Vitamins: Let’s face it. Kids do not eat properly. When they do not get the vitamins they need through foods, it’s imperative that they take a daily vitamin in order to stay healthy.
- Keep Active: Enroll your child in a team sport like soccer or baseball or get them in karate sessions. Active lifestyles started early turn in to active forever lifestyles.
- Sleep: What happens to any of us when we get run down? We get sick! While it may be a fight to get our little ones to bed at a reasonable hour, it’s worth it in the long run.
- Antibacterial Wipes: All of the hand washing in the world is not going to help if your child is constantly touching germy surfaces. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to make it to a sink with antibacterial soap. Therefore, I always have some sort of antibacterial hand wipes or gel sanitizer on hand.
As I have mentioned in other posts, I love shopping at Target. From groceries to light bulbs and everything in between, Target is almost always my first stop. I typically shop at the Target closest to my job. I know the store like the back of my hand, since I spend many lunch breaks wandering the aisles. I am comfortable running in with both kids after work to pick up any last minute essentials. Aidan is so funny. As we drive up to the store he asks “Mommy, where are we going?” I tell him, “we are going to the store honey.” He replies, “No! Not the store! We are going to Target! ” I am glad that my son and I are both on a first name basis with Target! The greatest part about Target is that you can find any of the above items that you might need to purchase there. For example, Target has Wet Ones Singles on sale right now for $2.17. Wet Ones are a great option for kids because their Aloe formula won’t dry or irritate their skin like hand sanitizers can. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic and fit easily in to a lunch box or back pack. Even better, there is a Target Coupon going on now for Wet Ones! It is always a win-win when I am able to save money and keep children healthy during the school year!
How do you keep your children healthy during the school year?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones®. The opinions and text are all mine.