Everyone is back in school, and that means children coughing, sneezing, noses running, and germy hands inevitably sharing toys, pens, and high-fives. CNN calls it the ‘back to school plague.’ Schools are filled with kids (and teachers) catching, and sharing their germs every day. On average, each child gets 6-8 colds per year, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Luckily, there are ways to prevent your children (and yourself) from getting ill. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
- For how long? Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice while you wash.
- Make sure your children don’t forget to clean between their fingernails.
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4. Get Enough Sleep
- Children need 9 to 12 hours of sleep each night.
- Teens need 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night.
- Adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
5. Get Enough Exercise
- Children on average need 40 minutes a day of exercise to stay healthy.
- Adults should be active 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.