Friday, September 24, 2010

Is your child picking up more than the ABC´s in school? While you´re packing your child´s backpack with the pencils, notebooks and tools they´ll need for a great school year, don´t forget the supplies they´ll need to stay healthy and germ-free, too.

With nearly 22 million school days lost each year due to the common cold and flu (CDC) and as many as 2.7 million bacterial found per square inch on common school surfaces (NSF International), it´s no wonder that 82 percent of parents with kids in grades K-5 fret about the germs in their children´s classrooms (according to a survey conducted by Seventh Generation).

This school year, Seventh Generation is sharing tips from best-selling author and pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, to help parents protect their child´s health during back-to-school season. Dr. Greene suggests taking the following precautions:

Optimize the immune system
Reap the benefits of probiotics like those found in yogurt. A recent study showed that children who received enough probiotics daily throughout the cold and flu season had a significant reduction in the number of illnesses they had and, when they did get sick, the symptoms were both milder and didn't last as long. (My kids love yogurt!)

Be sure your child is getting plenty of vitamin D from the sun, from food, or from a supplement. (I make sure my energetic boys get lots of outside time!)

Build a strong foundation. Good food, good sleep, and good physical activity all help the immune system to flourish.

Be wise about reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful germs
Teach children the key times to clean their hands in the classroom. The most important times include after sneezing, coughing or using the restroom, upon leaving "high-risk" places (recess, naptime, play stations) and before meals or snacks. (One benefit of homeschooling is less exposure to 'high-risk' places)
Sixty percent of teachers surveyed said that they request that parents donate disinfecting wipes to the classroom. Seventh Generation´s disinfecting wipes kill 99.99% of germs* naturally using the active ingredient thyme, a component of thyme oil which is derived from the herb thyme. (I appreciate the donation to 'our classroom'.)

Stress the importance of not touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

Demonstrate to your children how to cover their mouth and nose for every cough and sneeze. This simple maneuver has spectacular results in decreasing the spread of viruses and bacteria floating about the room, waiting to be inhaled. (If parents could get paid for every time they say 'Cover your mouth please', we would be rich!)
*Refer to disinfecting product labels for full details

I received a gift pack from My Blog Spark and Seventh Generation to try out and review. This "Back-to-School" kit included a Seventh Generation backpack, two canisters of Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes (one for home and one to donate to my child´s classroom), disinfecting multi-surface spray cleaner, facial tissue and paper towels. I loved the scent of the wipes, like walking through an herb garden. We homeschool so I kept the extra wipes for 'our classroom'! The paper towels and cleaner work great and my husband has appreciated the facial tissue.

My Blog Spark would like to give a gift pack to one of my readers! This is a short giveaway so please respond fast! The giveaway will end Sunday, September 26 at 11:00 P.M. EST.

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