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Attention: 4th Grade Parents!
Achoo! Preventing the Spread of Germs
Keep your family healthy all winter long by practicing everyday disease prevention tactics.
Stress the importance of handwashing. Because germs are invisible, it’s difficult for children to understand how dangerous a cough or sneeze can be. Be sure to stress
the importance of washing hands, using lots of soap and water, and scrubbing until there are bubbles—before meals and snacks, and after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue. Many brands of liquid hand soap come in fun designs, scents, or colors, and letting children pick their own can be a fun way to encourage hand washing.
Use the “birthday song” method. Teach your child to wash his or her hands for as
long as it takes to sing the entire “Happy Birthday” song.
Cough like Dracula. Children need to learn to always cover their mouths when
they cough. Have your child cough into his or her sleeves, not hands, to prevent the spread of germs.
Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth. Children sometimes
absentmindedly put their fingers in their mouth or nose, or rub their eyes. Help
your child keep his or her hands away from “germy” areas— eyes, nose, and mouth.
Trash the tissues. Used tissues are full of germs. Teach your child to immediately put used tissues in the trash, and then wash his or her hands.
Set a healthy example. Model all these healthy behaviors— sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands frequently—and your child will follow suit.