Do you know why school kids get sick so often? The best ways to keep your child healthy?
Here's why infectious illness is so common — and what your child can do to stay healthy in school.
Why hand-washing counts
Frequent hand-washing is one of the simplest — and most effective — ways to prevent the spread of germs. Suggest soaping up for as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice. Remind your child to wash his or her hands:
Other school health tips
Common sense can go a long way toward staying healthy in school. In addition to frequent hand-washing, encourage your child to:
Use hand sanitiser. Give your child alcohol-based hand sanitiser to use when hand-washing isn't possible.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue — then toss it. If it isn't possible to reach a tissue in time, remind your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of his or her arm.
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.Remind your child that germs spread this way.
Eating healthier foods and keeping active helps both physical and mental well being.
Reduce sugary snacks and drinks.
Increase the amount of fruit and veg intake.
Increase the amount of physical activity, eg take part in lunchtime or after school clubs.
Go for a walk instead of playing on Fortnite!
Remember attendance counts! 17 school days missed per year has been shown to count for a drop of 1 GCSE grade.