Seventh Generation and author/pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, share some practical and easy stay-healthy tips for you and your child. (excerpts that follow taken from press release)
Optimize your immune system
- A recent study showed that children who received enough probiotics, like the ones found in yogurt, daily throughout the cold and flu season had a significant reduction in number of illnesses they had and, when they did get sick, symptoms were both milder and didn’t last as long.
- Be sure your child gets plenty of vitamin D from the sun, food or supplement.
- Build a strong foundation. Good food, good sleep, and good physical activity all help the immune system to flourish.
Teach ways to reduce unnecessary exposure to harmful germs
- Teach children the most important times to clean their hands include after sneezing, coughing or using the restroom, upon leaving “high-risk” places (recess, nap time, 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. D
- Show 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.
Help the teacher out!
- Many teachers (ours included) ask parents to send in supplies such as tissues, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers at the beginning of the year to help stop the spread of germs. Do It!
Check out this fun video on the history of germs, It’s kid friendly!
We do all of the above suggested tips and have found that they really are easy to do and work. Seventh Generation products are a favorite of ours because of the natural plant derived ingredients and they are effective! The disinfectants (both wipe and spray form) can kill 99.99% of germs botanically when used a directed on product labels. This includes the Influenza A virus and Salmonella enterica!
My favorite Seventh Generation product (so far!) is the Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner. I like that I can use it on any hard surface to both clean, deodorize and disinfect! What I love about all the Seventh Generation products is the smell of fresh Lemongrass and Thyme! My home smells so bright and clean after a day of cleaning with these products, and they don’t bother my sensitive nose. I’ll be sending the box of tissues and the disinfecting wipes with my daughter on her first day of school!
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