August 25, 2014 by Stephanie O'Dea
Back to School Time Brings Germs
It’s back to school season, which unfortunately (lots of times) means It’s Back To Being Sick season.
And that stinks.
And guess what?
Preventing sickness — the common cold, pink eye, hand-foot-mouth, the flu, and respiratory illness — is really easy to do.
You just need to WASH YOUR HANDS and regularly disinfect surfaces!
In case you weren’t sure of what number has that many zeros, it’s TRILLION.
There are A TRILLION GERMS IN ONE GRAM OF POOP.
It’s a big deal. And I tell my kids that when they pick their nose, it’s “their nose’s poop.” Gross, yes, but it gets the point across. As far as I’m concerned you can’t ever really wash your hands too much.
Another thing that I learned from the CDC representative is that hand sanitizer is not a substitute for hand washing. It will do the job in a pinch, but the best thing is to always use running water and soap.
Free Printable Hand Washing Signs from the CDC
If you’d like some hand-washing signs to print out to hang in your home, your classroom, or at church, etc., this link has the PDFs.
They are in other languages, too!
War on Germs
As I said in my previous post for Lysol, I do try to keep our own home as germ-free as I can, and I do purposely wipe down the door knobs, light switches, remotes, and hand-held screens pretty often with Lysol Disinfecting Wipes.
I’m going to continue to do this, but I’m going to also really try to round up the kids as often as I can to wash their hands. I’m also going to make a very concerted effort to wash hands before we eat anything — this can be tricky on a busy Saturday afternoon when we are grabbing food on the run, or are hanging out at the mall.
But I’m convinced.
Hand washing is easy, and it’s cheap.
What about you? Do you have a plan of attack to keep the germs from invading your home this Back to School season?