5 Tips to Beat Back-To-School Bugs

Posted on: August 17th, 2014 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

back to school germsAs much as we love seeing our customers at Jayhawk Pharmacy, we want to see you healthy! Back-to-school time means coughs, sneezes and spreading germs. The kids are sure to bring home some yucky colds this season, so before the school year even begins, protect them and your family with these tips. They’ll help you beat the back-to-school bugs so you can enjoy the new school year.

Start giving hygiene reminders

Back-to-school time is the perfect opportunity to remind kids about hygiene rules, like washing hands after bathroom use, after blowing their nose, and before meals. Give kids reminders to cover their sneezes and coughs with their elbows. Help them sanitize their cell phone, which carries a lot of germs, and give them mini hand sanitizer bottles to take to school with them for their locker and backpack. 

Stick to a bedtime

More sleep boosts the immune system. Kids get used to staying up a little later during the summer, so start enforcing a school night bedtime a week before the first day. That way, they’ll get acclimated and be caught up on sleep when school begins. 

Start an exercise routine

Exercise will help the kids get better sleep at night and prevent them from getting sick once the school year starts. Turn off the TV and video games and get outside a few weeks before school. 

Get more vitamin C

This vitamin boosts the immune system, so stock up on kiwis, oranges, strawberries and cherries.

Consume more zinc

Zinc helps the body produce more white blood cells to fight disease and infection. To add more to your diet, cook more meals with beans and purchase zinc-fortified cereals. 

By taking these steps a few weeks before school starts, you’ll improve your chances of keeping the house illness-free. Check out our vitamins and supplements for an extra immune system boost, and supports and braces and wound care for upcoming sports practices and gym class. 

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