Fight­ing Germs At School

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—They have weaker im­mune sys­tems than adults: The de­fence sys­tem of a child is weaker be­cause it has not fully ma­tured yet.

—They have poor hy­giene habits: Most chil­dren do not wash their hands reg­u­larly.

—They have a ten­dency to put things in their mouths.

—They con­sis­tently touch their faces.

—They love to share toys, uten­sils, pen­cils, crayons etc

—In school, they are in prox­im­ity with sick class­mates. Air­borne dis­eases such as tu­ber­cu­lo­sis,

Chil­dren, gen­er­ally, do not wash their hands reg­u­larly. They have to be re­minded to keep their hands clean. Proper hand wash­ing re­duces in­fec­tions in school-go­ing chil­dren. Ide­ally, hands should be washed with soap and wa­ter for at least 20 sec­onds (for chil­dren, a fun prac­tice would be to ask them to sing the happy birth­day song twice).

Chil­dren should wash their hands after go­ing to the toi­let, after blow­ing their noses and be­fore/after meals.

School trans­port Hand wash­ing Hand sani­tis­ers

It is not prac­ti­cal to get chil­dren to wash their hands reg­u­larly. This is where hand sani­tis­ers come in handy. If a teacher can keep one or two in the class­room, they can go a long way in prevent­ing the spread of germs. Make sure that the sani­tiser has at least 60 per cent al­co­hol (any­thing less is not ef­fec­tive in fight­ing germs).

Shar­ing pen­cils, “… get your child vac­ci­nated” DR MUKUHI

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