Many parents are celebrating the back-to-school season, the return of the normal routine. However, what often comes with increased interaction at school is exposure to that feared invader: germs. Kids and their parents have to once again face illnesses that schildren come into contact with at school. While you can’t (and don’t want to) avoid sending your kids to school, you can do a few things to help them combat germs and spreading illness. Here are a few tips our health-care professionals here at Eagle Highland Pharmacy have put together just for you.
1. Wash your hands frequently.
Using warm water and soap, wash away unwanted germs frequently throughout the day. At minimum, be sure to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating.
2. Get a physical.
If you or your kids haven’t had your annual wellness visit, a good time to schedule that appointment is before school starts. You can discuss any health concerns with your doctor, make sure your immunizations are up to date, and even get additional stay-healthy tips to combat germs.
3. Drink plenty of water.
There’s no denying it: Your body needs water to function at its best. Many people have designated water bottles that they carry with them throughout the day to remind them to keep drinking. If your child’s school or teacher allows water bottles in the classroom, go ahead and send one in so your kids can hydrate throughout the day or after recess.
4. Eat healthy.
One of your best lines of defense against illness is what you put into your body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, and good proteins. Try to limit snacking and high levels of sugar in your diet.
5. Find a good exercise routine.
Staying fit is part of staying healthy. That doesn’t mean you need to join a gym. Rather, try to find times throughout the day to not be sedentary. Encourage your kids to play outside after school, or go on a family bike ride after dinner. Exercise doesn’t have to be a burden.
6. Talk to your kids about good health habits.
It’s one thing for you to tell your kids to wash their hands, but go one step further and explain why. Explain the benefits of hand-washing, eating well, and drinking plenty of water so that they can understand their value and make good choices when you’re not around.
These six tips are just the first line of defense against back-to-school germs, and we hope they can help you stay healthy. However, if you do fall prey to a fall cold, flu, or other school-born bugs, let Eagle Highland Pharmacy help you get back on the road to recovery. Our compounding pharmacists can help fill your prescriptions and help you find additional medical supplies to help you in your journey toward good health. We’re conveniently located for anyone in the Indianapolis area, and you can contact us anytime at 317-299-3771 with your health questions.
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