No matter how healthy your kids might have been in the summer, as soon as a new school year starts, so does the rampant spreading of germs. 

Not only does school usually start back up in the fall, which is when cold and flu season gets started, but your kids are now being exposed to new people and germs that their bodies might not know how to effectively fight off yet. Because of this, many kids and families get sick pretty soon after a new school year starts. But luckily, there are some things you can do to mitigate this. 

To show you how this can be done, here are three tips for keeping your kids healthy as they start a new school year. 

 

Teach Your Kids How To Avoid Germs

If you’re trying to stay healthy, one of the last places you should be is a doctor’s office. Even if your doctor’s office adheres to great hygiene practices and has never had any issues with malpractice of any kind, doctor’s offices are still teeming with germs that can make your sick. To avoid this, you’re going to want to teach your kids how to avoid germs at school. 

According to Katherine Lee, a contributor to Very Well Family, some of the best things you can teach your kids to do that will help prevent them from getting sick is to not share personal items with other kids and to avoid touching their own faces or mouths. By doing this, your kids will be able to keep from putting germs straight into the most vulnerable parts of their bodies. 

 

Instill Proper Hand-Washing Technique

To keep the germs at bay and remove any germs that have found their way to your kids, it’s vital that you teach your little ones the right ways to wash their hands.

According to the staff at the Mayo Clinic, most children—and people in general—don’t spend enough time washing their hands. When you don’t wash your hands for long enough, you’re not able to get all the germs off that you might think you’re removing. To combat this, try to get your kids to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing their hands. This should give them enough time to really rub and scrub in the sink. 

 

Don’t Neglect Their Sleep

Staying healthy isn’t just about avoiding germs; you also need to know how to keep your body ready to fight off anything that might get into your system.

To best do this, Jennifer L.W. Fink, a contributor to Parents.com, advises that you never allow your kids to neglect their sleep during the school year. Sleeping is what allows your child’s body to repair and restore itself, which can work wonders for keeping them healthy. 

To help you kids stay healthy as they start a new school year, consider using the tips mentioned above to fight off germs and have a strong immune system.