Welcome to “A message from Joy”. Here I will be making weekly posts with some tips and information to help you and your children have a healthy and successful school year. I will be covering everything from healthy snack and food ideas, to common illnesses. If there is something specific you would like me to write about, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
With that being said, let’s start off this week’s post with an easy one: Covering our mouths and noses when we cough or sneeze! Cold season is upon us and germ spreading is inevitable. To help minimize the spreading of germs, help teach your children to cough or sneeze into their elbow. A trick I always use to illustrate this when I go to the classes, is I pretend to cough in my hand and then ask the children to hold my hand. They then usually get grossed out and don’t want to touch my hands. Show them that coughing and sneezing in their elbows helps prevent spreading of germs.
Sanitizer is also good to keep with them, especially during a cold so that they can clean their hands often. The dollar store has cute little sanitizers that can attach easily to their schoolbags. Of course, a tissue should always be used, and no nose-picking! Remind your children to always drink lots of water as it will help flush out toxins and help their cold be milder and pass faster.
Have a happy and healthy week!