Kids carry germs. PERIOD.
Kids carry germs. PERIOD. They are little disease balls that are trying to destroy you. They will carry something for a week and have no symptoms and you will get knocked out for days on end. Heed my warning. Because kids explore and are learning good hygiene practices, they are more apt to carry around bacteria and germs. Also because they keep these germs all the time and because they are young, their immune system is doing a great job of deflecting all of the gross stuff.
Germs and schoolkids are best friends. I was really nervous and apprehensive about my oldest starting school this year. In fact, I was terrified. No matter how clean the school is, germs are lurking. I decided that this year, I would NOT, in fact I refused to succumb to the kiddie-ickies. So far, so good (knock on wood). This wasn't a miracle. I've put in a lot of work to keep us moving and physically strong.
I'm not a strong proponent for taking cold/flu medicine. You're almost better off taking a shot of whisky in most cases (old school). I also am a firm believer in your body doing all the work to fight back when necessary. So in light of all that, here are a couple preventative measures I've picked up along the way...
Here are a few items that STAY in our diet year long. I attribute much of our success to these simple yet awesome foods and practices that are increased during flu season.
It's a battle out there. Good luck and good health!
I'm a former teacher and former college athlete, currently working in edtech. My mission is to get parents to partner with their child's teacher.