Desks, chairs, pencils, computers, taps… these are just a small handful of communal items that children touch at school every single day. So is it really any wonder why children returning to school can trigger an increase in community sickness?
The Best Solution to Minimise the Transmission of Germs
The single most important way to reduce the risk of contracting illnesses such as the common cold, and then spreading it to every family member in the household, is to encourage proper hand hygiene.
So today we’re here to outline some simple steps that you can take to protect both yourself and your family as we head back to school.
1. Wash your hands properly
It’s vital that hands should be cleaned/sanitised before and after tasks that involve touching communal equipment, or activities that involve close contact with your face, such as eating. Hands should be wet first, followed by the application of a good quality hand wash to cover the palm. Rub thoroughly between fingers, over the back of the hand, and around the fingernails to ensure thorough cleaning before rinsing clean.
2. Choose high-quality, trusted products
It is also highly important that good quality, professionally formulated products are used to ensure the most effective sanitation and to care for the well-being of the skin. This is especially important for the more delicate hands of children and those who suffer from sensitive skin.
For children, you should seek hand and skin-care products that are free from harsh chemicals and inferior alcohol ingredients. Look for products that contain added emollients to help re-balance the moisture levels of the skin.
Tri Nature’s Hand Sanitiser gel, for example, contains emollient Vitamin E which helps to prevent the skin from drying out, even with continued use. It’s also enriched with 100% pure peppermint essential oils which leave hands smelling divine after each use.
3. Find the right products to suit every skin type
For those children suffering from extremely delicate, inflammatory, or itchy skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis, a gentler alcohol-free hand sanitising spray is an excellent option. Natural plant-based hand washes are also great for use.
4. Stay protected on the go
To protect your kids while they’re on the go, pack a bottle of hand sanitising gel or spray in your child’s school bag, and include some bottles around the home as well (one in each bathroom and one in the kitchen is a great start).
5. Educate your kids
Encouraging children and adults to practice proper hand hygiene can make a big difference in the number of germs that are brought into the family home. Teach your children the importance of keeping themselves protected so that you have that peace of mind while you’re not around to remind them in person.
So there you have it. By following these simple steps you know that you’re sending your children back to school with their best foot forward.