|My Claritin Back to School Survival kit!|
For most of us our kids have been back to school for at least a few weeks now. And, it also means there are plenty of germs coming home with them now too. For my kids, they were both sick within the first week of school. The summer was especially hard on us with the allergies but I expected that to be the least of our problems mid-October. I wish I was right. :/
Something you may not know about me is that I am a firm believer in hand sanitizer. I never leave home without it! I know some people don't agree and truly think just good hand washing is enough. But, my number one rule for the school year is that when they get home, they wash their hands then sanitize them. Yep, I make them do both just to cover all the bases. It takes a couple weeks to make it a habit but after that I don't have to remind them often. I also stash a bottle in their desk & locker since they may not always get a chance to wash their hands.
I'm crossing my fingers that this year we can avoid Influenza and if possible anything involving the doctor's office all together. Is it weird to hope for a simple cold for your kids?
Children's Claritin has some back to school tips for you too!
1. Be sure to have Children’s Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, on hand!
2. Multi-vitamins are building blocks to having a strong immune system. Make taking a multi-vitamin part of your
child’s daily routine.
3. Let there be light! Mold doesn't like sunlight, so try to keep your curtains open during the day. Should be easy
during the summer months!
4. Did you know that most pillows trap allergens, dust mites, and bacteria? Monitor the cleanliness of the pillow
your child with allergies sleeps on and replace if necessary.
5. Back to school season means lots of laundry for many moms. Be sure to remove laundry from the washing
machine promptly. Allowing wet clothes to sit in the washer means mold can quickly grow there.
6. Monitor pollen counts and adjust outdoor before and after school activities accordingly. Dry, windy days
can be particularly high in pollen.
7. Showering or bathing at the end of the day as opposed to the morning can be helpful in removing allergens
from body surfaces and hair.
8. Stay hydrated! Always send your child to school with a bottle of water. Drinking lots of clear fluids through the
day can help get rid of toxins and flush out body.
9. Peak pollen production typically occurs in early morning, so try to plan outside activities at other times of the
So, whether you're just starting out or half way through your homeschool school year, make sure to be prepared and have your *sick supplies on hand. Because, despite our best efforts and hopes, germs always seem to find the way into your home.
*Sick supplies are tissues, cough drops, disinfectant wipes or spray, chicken noodle soup, crackers, Gatorade, 7-up, cough medicine, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, allergy medicine, color books, vapor bath, Jell-O, carpet stain remover and coffee. ;)
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