According to John Hopkins Medicine, elementary school children get six to eight colds each school year and doctors say it’s because kids love to touch everything as well as one another.
Now, medical professionals are advising parents to consider adding vitamins and hand sanitizer to their school supply list.
“So, now that we’re going back to school, we have to keep in mind that kiddos are going to start to get sick unfortunately. It is preventable, possibly not 100 percent preventable, but there are definitely steps we can take to minimize it,” says Dora Zamora, a nurse practitioner with South Texas Health System.
Zamora explains that keeping hands clean is crucial to prevention.
“The most important thing is hand-washing. Talk to your kids of all ages about the importance of hand-washing. If they don’t have access to a sink with water, they can use hand sanitizer- it’s proven to be just as effective.”
According to Riverside Medical Clinic, 80 percent of infections are spread by touch and doctors add that it is common to see a peak in kids getting sick at the start of the school year.
“In August, right away they’ll start to share strep throat back and forth. For the younger babies, there’s RSV- those are more in the day cares. In the schools, it’s the common cold, flu, strep,” explains Zamora.
Medical professionals say if your child is sick keep them at home to contain cold viruses. Also, teach your kids not to share when it comes to food, drinks and other items that can spread germs.