It’s back-to-school time, and that means the kids will soon be coming home with germs, coughs and sneezes. EZ-ACCESS wants you to stay healthy this back-to-school season. Avoid common back-to-school bugs with these tips for keeping the kids and you in tip-top shape.
Always keep bedtime
Kids get accustomed to staying up later in the summertime, and they’ll need some time to get back to their old school-night bedtime routine. Start enforcing bedtime a week before school starts so they’re used to it and the complaints have gone away by the time school actually starts. More sleep equals a better immune system.
Stock up on vitamin C
This powerful vitamin increases your immune system’s power, so it’ll help the kids fight of those school germs. Start buying more fruits like kiwi, strawberries, oranges and cherries to get the family more vitamin C.
Advocate for exercise
Get the kids out of their summer routine of watching TV and playing video games by taking them to parks and encouraging outdoor play or practice for upcoming sports. Extra exercise can help keep the kids from getting sick once they’re exposed to germs. If your child has a disability or is in a wheelchair, there are adaptive sports options for them in the area.
Incorporate zinc into your diets
Zinc promotes the production of white blood cells, which fight disease and infections. To add more to your diet, start cooking more beans and purchase zinc-fortified cereals.
Drink more water
Send your child off to school with a reusable water bottle to help keep them hydrated during the day. Our wheelchair accessories make it easy for children in wheelchairs to carry water bottles and healthy snacks with them throughout the day. These carriers and packs can also hold their textbooks and supplies.
Keep up proper hygiene
Remind the kids of good hygiene practices, like washing hands frequently and after bathroom use and before meals. Tell them to cover their coughs and sneezes with their elbows. Disinfect their cell phones before the year starts and send them off with mini hand sanitizer bottles for their backpacks. If your child is in a wheelchair and needs help in the restroom, make sure their school has personnel that can assist them to ensure they’re clean and happy during the school day.
Back-to-school is also a good time to look into the accessibility of your school. If your child is in a wheelchair, it’s important that their classes have desks they can fit under and lockers that are accessible from a seated position. These simple adjustments will help them feel welcomed and happy at school.
Make back-to-school a pleasant time for the whole family, free from colds, coughs and germs. Protect your kids and keep everyone happy and healthy with these germ-busting tips.