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Avoiding the Back to School Plague

Now that school is back in session, there are certain things that you need to be prepared for. One of the many things that goes hand in hand with kids back in school is sickness. Unfortunately, the back to school plague is something that all too many are familiar with. If you want to do your best to prevent this from being the case in your household, keep reading. In today’s blog, the team at Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center is going to go over a few things that you can do to help minimize the chances of your child getting sick this school year. 

Teach Hand Washing

Hygiene is one of the many things that contributes to your child’s likelihood of getting sick, and it’s something that they’re going to need to know for the rest of their life. That is why it is so incredibly important for you to teach them the importance of hygiene and how to best practice it. One of the most important lessons that you can go over with them is hand washing. This is something that needs to happen regularly while they’re at school. Aside from thorough hand washing, you want to make sure that you talk to them about the various times times where they need to be washing their hands throughout the school day. For example, you want to make sure that your kids know that their hands need to be washed before they eat or after playing with toys. This alone can cut the chances of them getting sick in half. 

Practice Covering of the Mouth

Another major hygiene lesson that you want to teach your child is the importance of covering their mouth when they cough and sneeze. It is inevitable that your child will cough and sneeze, so there’s no such thing as teaching this lesson too early. Explaining the importance to your child is one thing, but practicing is something else. Doing role play with sneezing and coughing to teach them to cover their mouth will ensure that this quickly becomes a habit once school starts. 

Wipe Down Their Supplies

Children are going to be bringing supplies to and from school, so taking the time to wipe them down is well worth it. Whether it’s notebooks and a box of markers or a favorite toy that they always bring with them, you definitely want to wipe it down at the end of the week. There’s a good chance that other children are going to be sharing these items, so it’s not unlikely that there are germs that are traveling to and from school with your little one. That is exactly why a couple of Clorox wipes are exactly what you want to be using on your child’s belongings at the end of the week. 

Keep Them Home

If your child winds up getting sick, the idea of keeping them out of school may seem like the last thing that you want to do. With that being said, keeping your child home from school is actually one of the best things that you can do in these instances. Not only does it give your child the time they need to rest and recover, but it ensures that other children in their classroom don’t get sick. Ultimately, choosing to keep your child home from school can put the plague to rest. After a day or two of being out of school, everyone wins and the chances of other kids getting sick is much slimmer.

Visit Our Child Care Facility

Hygiene and healthy living are something that we want to teach to the children that attend our daycare, and it all starts with the points that we’ve listed above. The last thing that we want is for children to come home sick, which is exactly why practicing the points that we’ve listed above with your child is so important. We want to make sure that we’re all doing our part in minimizing sickness in the daycare academy so that all children can have fun and learn without having to worry about germs getting the best of them. 

Contact our office to schedule a tour of the Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development facility in Plymouth. We would be more than happy to tell you about our curriculum and answer any questions that you may have.