Fighting Germs At School
—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