Beating the “back to school plague”


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – With the start of classes and homework, comes the start of coughing and sneezing.

Many parents and teachers refer to this as the “back to school plague.”

“When kids get back to school. they naturally just spread germs and they drink after each other they eat after each other,” said Pediatrician Dr. Caroline Morgan. “They’re coughing and sneezing, and they younger ones especially don’t know how to avoid getting sick.”

According to the CDC, kids get sick 8 to 12 times per year, and over 22 million days of school are lost each year due to the common cold. But doctors say there are simple tips to follow to help keep your kids from getting sick.

“Washing hands is a big thing that you want children to do,” said Dr. William Dalzell of the Brody School of Medicine. “Second thing is learning to cough – coughing into your sleeve or shoulder. And the third one is just getting a good night’s sleep.”

You can also have your child take their own water bottle to school, as water fountains are often full of germs. Make sure you children stay active, and have them eat well.

And remember, if your child is sick – keep them home from school.

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