Seven Ways to Distance Your Child’s Relationship With Germs

Does your child always seem to have the latest cold? It can be difficult having little ones in the house that always bring home a new cold every other week. Maintaining the spread of germs can feel next to impossible, especially if your kids are already in school or in daycare. We have listed seven ways to distance your child’s relationship with germs.

1. Practice Good Hygiene

Every time your child is about to eat, comes in from outside, is finished playing with toys, or has just used the bathroom, have them wash their hands. This will develop a healthy balance of life and good hygiene.

If they are a little younger, then let them wash their hands on their own. This way, when they are without your assistance, they know what to do. It also establishes independence which we all know little ones strive to grasp onto.

If you are in the potty training stage, then you may be working with bed wetting. It’s always best to advocate for good hygiene in this area. Although it may be difficult in the late hours of the night or the wee hours of the morning, a quick bath will help to flourish a healthy relationship with hygiene.

2. Keeping Their Hands Off Their Face

The quickest way to bring germs into your system is by touching your face. Influence your child to keep their hands off their face. This could be a huge battle, especially with the younger ones. The outcome will pay off in the end when they don’t catch every cold that runs through their daycare or school.

The best way to promote this behavior is by having your child wash their hands every time they rub their eyes, pick their nose, or put their hands in their mouth. They will grow tired of stopping what they are doing to wash their hands every time they have reached up and touched their face.

3. Clean With Your Children

Another thing young kids love to do is be helpful. They aspire to be just like their parents, so they want to do everything their parents do. Whenever you can, let your child help out, especially when it comes to cleaning.

Medical supply stores have some great cleaning products that will be of use to you and your family. A bonus here is when they get older, this may help with the chores they do around the house since it has already been established into their lifestyle.

4. Covering Their Mouth and Nose

Be in good practice of having your child cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or into the corner of their elbow when they sneeze or cough. Be sure to encourage their good behavior, but still have your child wash their hands even if they sneezed or coughed into a tissue or the corner of their elbow.

If you do have kids that go to school or are in daycare, then this is a practice they will carry with them even when they are in these places. Children love routine, and will happily say to their teacher, “This is what we do at home.”

5. Steer Clear of Sick People

Teach them that it’s okay to go and wash their hands in a respectful manner if someone has coughed or sneezed near them. If it’s a matter of their own health, then it’s not rude for them to take a step back and politely excuse themselves.

Having your child create a healthy relationship with boundaries is extremely important. It will also come in handy later in life when they are older and they have to advocate for themselves.

6. Sharing Isn’t Always Caring

When looking out for the health of your child, you don’t want them to share cups, toothbrushes, eating utensils, towels, or anything else that may have been near their mouth. This is a good practice to establish early on.

7. Speak Up

Don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel something is amiss with your child’s daycare or school, even after you’ve established the healthy practices and your child is still coming home sick. Then schedule a meeting with the supervisors, and have a discussion about how your child keeps up with the latest colds.

Consider a placement change if they cannot change their policies. It may be time to go mama bear. This is your child’s health after all.

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