Nurses Know: Keeping Kids Healthy at School
Kids are heading back to school and with more children together for longer periods of time, their chances of getting sick will increase. In this video, East Tennessee Children's Hospital's Director of Infection Control Darci Hodge, R.N., shares some tips to keep kids healthy at school:
- Hand washing really works. Clean hands are still the best way to stop children and adults from getting sick. Hand sanitizer is a good alternative when you don't have access to soap and water.
- Stay home when you are sick. What may make you feel bad could be harmful to someone else. If your child is sick, keep them home.
- Be careful what you put in your mouth. Foods that are not cooked appropriately, including foods and juices that are not pasteurized, can cause severe illness. Never share food or utensils with your friends.
- Clean your room. Your mother is right, a dirty room can make you sick. Germs continue to build up on dirty surfaces and some can live for months. The more we clean, the less chance we have of making ourselves and others sick. This is also why your teacher will wipe down surfaces so often at school.
- The flu vaccine does not hurt as much as the flu. It's not too early to get the flu vaccine to be prepared for this fall and winter. Germs live longer in colder weather, and the flu can lead to pneumonia and death in both children and adults.
- Get plenty of sleep and eat breakfast. Getting a good night's rest and eating a healthy breakfast also plays a big role in boosting your immune system and keeping you well.
For more information on keeping your kids safe and healthy at school, be sure to check out our safety tips for the new school year.