This school year, Seventh Generation is sharing tips from best-selling author and pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, to help parents protect their child’s health during back-to-school season. Dr. Greene suggests taking the following precautions:
Optimize the immune system
:: Reap the benefits of probiotics like those found in yogurt. A recent study showed that children who received enough probiotics daily throughout the cold and flu season had a significant reduction in the number of illnesses they had and, when they did get sick, the symptoms were both milder and didn’t last as long.
:: Be sure your child is getting plenty of vitamin D from the sun, from food, or from a supplement.
:: Build a strong foundation. Good food, good sleep, and good physical activity all help the immune system to flourish.
Be wise about reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful germs
:: Teach children the key times to clean their hands in the classroom. The most important times include after sneezing, coughing or using the restroom, upon leaving “high-risk” places (recess, naptime, play stations) and before meals or snacks.
:: Stress the importance of not touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
:: Demonstrate to your children how to cover their mouth and nose for every cough and sneeze. This simple maneuver has spectacular results in decreasing the spread of viruses and bacteria floating about the room, waiting to be inhaled.
Seventh Generation, through MyBlogSpark, is giving one Frugal Living NW reader a Seventh Generation “Back to School” kit, which includes:
- a Seventh Generation backpack
- two canisters of Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes — kills 99.99% of germs naturally using the active ingredient thyme, a component of thyme oil which is derived from the herb thyme
- Seventh Generation disinfecting multi-surface spray cleaner
- Seventh Generation facial tissue
- Seventh Generation paper towels
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Disclosure: Seventh Generation, through MyBlogSpark, provided me with the information contained in this post, the giveaway items and a Back to School kit for my family.
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