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School’s back in session. Morning routines are mastered. Homework is in full swing. Sports are ruling your house.
But there’s one other part of back-to-school season that no one wants to talk about and everyone does all they can to avoid.
The Back-to-School Sickness! You know what I’m talking about. Your kids have been home with their own familiar germs all summer long. They’ve been sleeping longer hours. They’ve been getting a ton of activity from running around outside. You’ve been packing them full of fruits and veggies.
And now they’re stuck in a classroom all day long surrounded by new kids with new germs. And let’s face it – your kiddo’s desk neighbor may not have learned to cough into their arm or doesn’t know the rules of using a tissue instead of a shirt sleeve.
And I wouldn’t be surprised if my kiddo was trying to trade his fresh veggies I packed in his lunch for a ding dong or a twinkie.
My point is, it’s only a matter of days before he comes home with the sniffles. But I am bound and determined to combat those germs and prevent the back-to-school sickness that seems to happen every year.
Here’s the deal. I’m all about preventative measures. There are many things you can do to prevent sickness, and then there are some things you can do for your kids if they do end up getting sick so they can be back to school before you know it (you know, before they start to drive you crazy at home… or is that just me?).
Let’s start with the preventative.
How to prevent your kid from getting the back to school sickness.
Get Lots of Sleep – Seriously. Going back to school and getting back into a sometimes grueling routine can be hard on our kids’ bodies. Up early for the bus. All day long in class. Homework. Sports. Chores. The list is never ending in comparison to the freedoms of summer. During sleep, our bodies repair themselves and restart for the next day. Getting enough sleep will repair any bit of sickness that may be trying to attack. Check out this guide from WebMD about how many hours your kids should be getting.
Teach the Importance of Good Hygiene – I know this seems like a no-brainer, but last week when I was visiting my son’s classroom, I cannot tell you how many bad hygiene habits I observed. Coughing into hands (or right into the air even!) and washing hands too quickly were the two big ones. The truth of the matter is that kids are super social. They sit really close to one another. They’re always goofing off and touching each other. The germs are pretty much having a party. Teach your kids how to properly take care of their germs through proper handwashing, using tissues, and coughing into their arm-pits. Maybe even pack a small hand sanitizer in their backpack for occasions it’s hard to get to the sink to wash up.
Eat lots of Fruits & Veggies – You are going to want to do all you can to boost your kid’s immunity before you send them off to school, so pack them full of healthy fruits and veggies. Start with a produce-packed green smoothie. Here’s a trick if they aren’t into the GREEN. Put it into a cup that’s not see-through with a lid and a straw (preferably a swirly straw for excitement!), and hand it on over. They won’t even think twice and it’ll taste delicious. (This is one of my all-time favorites!) And make sure you welcome them home with a plate of fresh fruit and fruit dip like this one.
How to help your kids heal quickly when they do get sick.
Drink lots of Water – They should be doing this anyway, but it’s even more important to get the fluids going when they aren’t feeling their best. Start pushing the fluids at the first sign of symptoms to try and flush it out and keep them hydrated.
Sleep even More – You thought bed time was already early? Well, it’s time to send them off to bed as soon as possible so their body can really work on repairing itself.
Sooth that Sore Throat & Cough – Having a sore throat and a cough is one of the most annoying things ever, and I swear, they hang on for the longest time. And when you’re looking for a medicine to feel better, you feel yourself torn between a throat-soothing drop or a cough drop. Well, with Ricola Dual Action Honey Lemon Drops, you’re taking care of both all at once! Pretty brilliant in my opinion.
Ricola has been using a dual-action formula for a long time, so there’s nothing new there, but the Honey Lemon flavor is new, and I think it’s so soothing when your throat is raw from all the coughing and all you want is relief.
I remember when I was a kid in school, I used to get so embarrassed when I had a nagging cough. I felt like I was annoying everyone!
But you know what else was embarrassing? In the middle of class, having to open a wrapper to a cough drop that sounded like the loudest cellophane ever! All eyes were pointed at me and I just wanted some relief.
So I came up with a little tip for my kiddo when he gets sick. Unwrap the Ricola Honey Lemon Drops and put them in a jar or container lined with parchment paper (so they don’t make jingle-jangle noises against the jar). Problem solved.
Your kid can just quietly open the container and grab a drop without worrying about the embarrassing noise of the wrapper. And I don’t know about you, but my son will do anything in the world to NOT have embarrassing moments happen to him!
I was lucky enough to get to try out the new Honey Lemon flavor before it even hit the stores, and you’ll be able to get your hands on it starting October 2015!
What other pieces of advice do you have for keeping your kids healthy while in a school full of germy kids? Tell me in the comments! I’m going to combat it this year!
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THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY RICOLA. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO CONTINUE CREATING GREAT CONTENT FOR YOU BY SUPPORTING PARTNERSHIPS WITH SUPER AWESOME BRANDS THAT HFHL LOVES TO WORK WITH! AS ALWAYS, OPINIONS REMAIN 100% MY OWN.