The classroom is known for being a place full of germs. Teachers and students both often suffer from frequent illnesses due to the easy transference of bacteria and viruses between the hundreds of students moving in and out of a room each day. In fact, many teachers describe incidents where they are sneezed on, coughed on, and even thrown up on. Many call the fall illnesses that plague the children and staff at school the back to school plague. However, there must be a way to protect the classroom from being such a place for perfect breeding of these germs that make so many ill.
So, what is the trick?
Ways Kids Can Stay Healthy
There is nothing more valuable in this situation than fostering healthy habits in your children each day. There are so many ways to prevent illness. Children should:
• Get enough sleep at night for a healthy immune system
• Eat healthy and exercise regularly
• Wash hands thoroughly and often, especially after using the restroom, before and after eating, and after touching something particularly germy
• Stay home when feeling ill to avoid the spread of germs as well as the catching of other illnesses from a weakened immune system
Keeping Teachers Safe From Germs and Illness
Teachers may have a much harder time avoiding illness. Their contact with children is constant, especially in elementary school. Helping children with runny noses and loose teeth as well as stomach illnesses and learning to wash their hands means coming into contact with a lot of bacteria. However, there are a few things a teacher or other staff can do to keep healthy.
• Use antibacterial wipes or spray every morning or evening in the classroom. This is good for desks, toys, and other items touched by all.
• Keep hand sanitizer on hand. Teachers cannot leave to wash their hands all the time, so this may be crucial to their health.
• Teach healthy habits in the classroom to prevent children from spreading germs to one another.
If you or your child is ill, don’t hesitate to contact Emergis ER & Urgent Care.