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The kiddos are heading back to school and that means 2 things.
1. They will be having fun and learning.
2. Their chances of picking up a nasty bug sky rocket.
My son gets sick very easily so we are also being cautious and try to keep the germs at bay.
With nearly 22 million school days lost each year due to the common cold and flu (CDC) and as many as 2.7 million bacterial found per square inch on common school surfaces (NSF International), it’s no wonder that 82 percent of parents with kids in grades K-5 fret about the germs in their children’s classrooms (according to a survey conducted by Seventh Generation).
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.
- Sixty percent of teachers surveyed said that they request that parents donate disinfecting wipes to the classroom. Seventh Generation’s disinfecting wipes kill 99.99% of germs* naturally using the active ingredient thyme, a component of thyme oil which is derived from the herb thyme.
- 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.
*Refer to disinfecting product labels for full details
Seventh Generation are givng away a “Back-to-School” kit that includes a Seventh Generation backpack, two canisters of Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes (one for home and one to donate to your child´s classroom), disinfecting multi-surface spray cleaner, facial tissue and paper towels.
Mandatory Entry: Comment below telling me what YOU do to help keep your kiddos healthy and the germs at bay.
1. Like Seventh Generation on Facebook
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3. Follow me on twitter and tweet the following “WIN IT! Seventh Generation Back to School Bundle Kit from @gutimom and @seventhgen http://bit.ly/9q9Roc Keep the germs away! #giveaway” You can do this 3 times a day, 1 entry per tweet. Must come back and comment with your twitter status link for each tweet.
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Make sure you leave a valid email address on your mandatory comment so I can contact you if you are the winner. Also remember to comment for each entry method!
Contest will end Sunday, September 12th at midnight CST! Open to US residents only.
*I received a complimentary Seventh Generation “Back-to-School” kit for review through MyBlogSpark no financial compensation was received.
*The Seventh Generation product, gift pack, and additional gift pack to give away were given to me from Seventh Generation through MyBlogSpark