Children are curious creatures and they love to explore. Unfortunately, much of this exploring is done with the fingers which children then tend to put into their noses, their eyes or their mouths. Here are some ways to keep your children healthy from Enterovirus.
Teach children proper hand washing techniques. Children should be taught to lather up with plenty of soap. They should then use the warmest possible water to rinse their hands well. They should then use a clean dry towel or a paper towel to dry their hands on. Children need to know to do this before and after meals, after using the bathroom, and any other time that they may have been in contact with something that could have germs on it.
Again, children learn by touching. Because of this it can be tricky to teach a child not to touch. Most importantly, teach children not to touch surfaces that may have been contaminated. Bathroom counters, door knobs etc. Children must learn also to not touch their faces especially the nose, mouth or eyes without first washing their hands.
Use A Tissue
Children who are coughing or sneezing must learn to use a tissue to cover the germs that come out when they cough or sneeze. Enterovirus is spread by droplets that become airborne when people cough or sneeze. Helping teach children how to prevent the spread of such germs will go far in protecting them and others around them in the future. If a tissue is not available teach children to sneeze down the inside front of their shirt or in their elbow sleeve.
I know, you hear it all the time, teach your children to share. However, this is one time when children need to be selfish. Sharing toys and other items between children is fine, if they are well. If children are sick they should not be sharing anything at all.
Do Not Share Utensils
Teach children not to drink out of drinking fountains. Teach them not to share silverware or drinking glasses either. Children who share these items will be sharing germs as well. It is important that children learn these lessons while they are young to protect themselves as they grow older.
Buy some disinfectant spray or wipes and disinfect the home often. This is especially important if there are younger children or elderly people in the home. Younger children and the elderly are more at risk for such viruses as Enterovirus. By disinfecting more frequently the home can be kept safe and won’t be harboring any viruses.
If you are feeling ill and think you may have been exposed to Enterovirus, check with your doctor immediately. Your doctor can best advise you on how to prevent further infection and how to quickly recover from the one that you have. Following these tips will help you to keep your children and family well while Enterovirus is all around you.
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