How to educate kids about good health & Teach Kids to Help Stop Spread of Germs
In the present days it is quite a challenge to keep the kids interested in exercises. It is definitely a must that children get some kind of exercise everyday. With all the different yummy tasting junk food available in the market, it is yet another challenge to get the kids to stay away from eating these.The junk food that I am talkin chips, soda, wafers, cookies, pizzas, sugary sweets etc etc. These are so yummy to taste, they look very interesting, very easily available in the stores. This is like the age of fast foods . Everyone in the family is working and is always running behind something as there is always something to be completed or left out. Our children grow amidst such scenario. Also the various advertisements in the television also tempt the children to opt for those unhealthy food.I follow very simple rules to prevent my children from having junk food. The best way to avoid junk food is to not buy them in the first place. Imagine a bottle of soda sitting in your fridge. It is obviously tempting for anyone in the family to look for something to munch or drink while watching TV. If you did not have it in the fridge you would obviously be looking for something but the only thing you would get is probably crunchy carrots.
But children are children, they do look at other children in the school munching upon tasty junk food bites. I make it a point to buy my children junk food, a small pack but only once in 2-3 weeks. If my children ask for juice, they do get it but in the form of lemonade, orange juice made at home or any other fruit juice made at home depending upon the season.Ultimately it is the HEALTH of our own kids. We need to take responsibility for their food habits and help them choose the right kind of food. So let us take the first step and educating ourselves and our kids towards better health and GOOD HEALTH.
Whether it’s washing hands while singing happy birthday two times, learning to cough into the crook of an arm when no tissue is nearby, or keeping a healthy distance from others when sick, there are good habits that can help keep the cooties away and result in healthier and happy kids. Here are quick health tips to teach kids to help stop the spread of germs:
- Wash hands often. Most adults understand that the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands, but kids need to be taught this message and then have it frequently reinforced. People pick up germs from other sources and then become infected when they touch their eyes, nose or mouth (or put infected toys and other items in their mouths as commonly occurs with youngsters). Germs are easily spread directly to others or onto surfaces that people touch, and then everyone gets sick! The National Center for Infectious Diseases reminds everyone that more than a common cold can be caught through the spread of germs–some serious diseases such as hepatitis A, meningitis, and infectious diarrhea are easily spread.
Children should be reminded to wash their hands before, during and after food is prepared; before and after you eat; after using the bathroom; after handling animals or animal waste such as changing a cage or catbox; whenever hands are dirty or kids have been outside playing; and more frequently when anyone in the classroom, care setting or home is sick.
When should kids wash their hands?
- Cover a cough. Show your kids how to do this to help prevent spread of germs. Inevitably, kids aren’t near a tissue when the urge to cough or sneeze occurs, and spread (or literally spray) germs by unwittingly infecting others. Kids need to be taught to cough into the crook of their arm, into their sleeve, or even in their hand, and then to immediately wash their hands. Some providers/teachers have turned “cover your cough” into a game or type of positive reinforcement when kids are caught covering their cough correctly. Older kids may even create health posters and other lessons that can be posted in the classroom and even at home.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. And, if you or your child is the one who is sick, encourage others to keep their distance to minimize the spread of the illness. If possible, stay home from school, work, child care, and public places so others won’t be exposed. Know when your child is too sick to attend child care or school for the health and well-being of everyone else. After all, you hope that others will extend the same courtesy to your family!