Taking your child to the
pediatrician for immunizations—such as flu shots—is an effective way to
keep him or her safe from serious diseases. However, your child may still
contract colds, stomach bugs, and other common illnesses at school. To
help keep your little one healthy and happy, teach him or her how to wash
hands properly, sneeze safely, and follow a healthy lifestyle.
Teach Good Hygiene Practices
Adults may not think twice about coughing into a tissue or scrubbing their
hands with soap, but children need to be taught these healthy practices.
Demonstrate proper hand washing by rinsing the hands in warm water, lathering
up with soap, and scrubbing well before rinsing off. Sing the “Happy
Birthday” song twice while scrubbing to ensure your child washes
for the right amount of time. Your child also needs to know when he or
she must wash hands, such as after using the toilet, playing outdoors,
handling pets, and sneezing, as well as before eating. Additionally, show
your child how to cough or sneeze into the crook of the elbow and explain
why it isn’t a good idea to share eating utensils or cups.
Stock the Classroom
Teachers often struggle to keep their classrooms stocked with basic necessities.
You can help out by donating hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. You
may also wish to keep hand sanitizer in your child’s backpack. Remember
to teach him or her how to use it and discuss when it’s appropriate
to use hand sanitizer.
Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle
An overall healthy lifestyle helps
keep your child’s immune system strong. Your family doctor can provide guidance on the proper nutrition for your
child, along with physical activity guidelines. Making sure your youngster
gets enough sleep is also a good way to boost his or her immune system.
When your child needs pediatric care near Lee’s Summit, the pediatricians
of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group are here to help. Our pediatric
care team also provides well child care, including immunizations, exams,
and sports physicals. You can reach our Lee’s Summit location at
(816) 524-5600; Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520; or Raintree
Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700.