It’s inevitable that kids will get sick, but the chances are usually higher at the beginning of the school year. Kids are readjusting to a new environment, a new schedule, and are around other kids, which can increase the risk of germs spreading. At Madame Curie School, our preschool strives to keep our students as healthy as possible so that they can focus on learning! Our staff works hard to ensure that our preschool is clean, sanitized, that kids’ hands are washed regularly, and more. When you drop off your child at our school, we want you to feel confident that they are safe and healthy.
Here are a few things parents can do at home to keep their kids healthy:
Create a Habit of Washing Hands
This seems like a fairly obvious tip, but it is incredibly important and one of the best ways to keep everyone healthy. Handwashing helps prevent germs from spreading so make sure that your child is washing their hands thoroughly before every meal, after using the restroom, after playing with other kids or animals, and after coughing or sneezing. Young kids might not understand the importance of using soap and water to wash their hands, so make sure to give them plenty of reminders.
If germs are spread around, a great way to prevent a cold or even the flu from developing is with a healthy immune system. Make sure that your kids are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals for a strong and healthy body. If your child is a picky eater and doesn’t like vegetables, try giving them a daily vitamin or being sneaky with meals. Blend up some broccoli or cauliflower and mix it into macaroni and cheese, make a pudding with avocado, make pumpkin or squash pancakes, or make green bean fries. There are plenty of recipes that have vegetables in them and still taste great.
Get Plenty of Sleep
A preschooler should get around 10 hours of sleep at night and a nap during the day. Sleep will ensure that they are well-rested and ready for the day! Getting the right amount of sleep is also good for the body in general — it helps increase attention span, reduces the risk of injury, helps beat germs, and promotes growth. Along with getting plenty of sleep, make sure they are getting a consistent sleep schedule by going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time.
Keep Kids Home When They’re Sick
It is inevitable that your child will get sick, so in order to prevent the germs from spreading to the rest of their preschool class, keep them home. This will not only keep other kids from getting sick, but will also help them recover faster. Sending them to school will only increase the risk of the infection getting worse. When they’re at home, give them plenty of fluids and let them rest.
Maintain Emotional Health
Sure, it can feel like your preschooler is fine one second and in a temper tantrum the next, but always keep an eye on their overall emotional health. When they’re worried about something, or are scared or anxious, let them talk about what’s going on. Rather than saying “It’ll be OK” or “Don’t worry about it,” ask them why they’re feeling like they are and sympathize with them, saying “I’m sorry you’re going through that.”
The staff at Madame Curie School understands that a productive day starts with a healthy child! We’ll do our best to keep our preschool clean and sanitized so that you can feel confident dropping your child off with us. If you have any questions about our sick policy or what to do when your child is sick, just let us know! We’re here for you.