5 Ways To Prevent Your Children From Getting Sick - Teachers are finding it harder than ever to keep their classrooms clean and healthy for students, according to a recent survey of teachers. The survey showed that 90% of teachers said that “it is normal for students to come to school sick”. Only about 30% said their school custodians regularly clean classrooms.
"Germs are often spread by surface contact, but many teachers don't have the time or tools to fight these germs," said Dr. Paul S. Horowitz, medical director of the children's clinic's department and youth at Legacy Emanuel Children said Hospital in Portland, Ore. "This gap can have a direct effect on the health and well-being of students and teachers."
More than 70% of teachers reported missing school because of an illness they believe one of their students has. The survey was conducted by children's publisher Scholastic and was announced at the American Medical Association and National PTA press conference on children's health. Janis Hootman, a registered nurse and past president of the National Association of School Nurses said:
Encouraging children to lead healthy lives outside of the classroom is important in preventing illness. disability.
"Children's health habits outside of school have a direct impact on what happens to them and their classmates during school time," says Hootman.
Doctors offer the following advice to parents:
- Make sure your child washes their hands - This is the most effective method of prevention. It is recommended to rub your hands for 10-15 seconds.
- Do not let your child share utensils - While it's important to learn how to share, that shouldn't apply to cups, glasses, or cookware.
- Make sure your child gets enough to sleep - Lack of sleep puts a strain on the immune system. Most children need at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Allow full recovery - Do not send your children to school when they are sick.
- Inform your child about vaccines - The new vaccine protects against a range of dangerous diseases, including meningitis.