5 Things to Know about Kid Germs and School

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Schools are often considered breeding grounds for germs due to the close proximity of students and their shared spaces. This can lead to an increased risk of illness and absenteeism among students. It is crucial for schools to prioritize hygiene practices in order to prevent the spread of germs and maintain a healthy learning environment.

Some children can believe that germs are bugs or other disgusting things. However, germs are small live organisms that can spread disease. Because they are tiny and cunning, germs can enter our bodies undetected. In fact, germs are so little that a microscope is required to observe them. When bacteria enter our bodies, they cuddle up for an extended stay. They consume food and energy and have the ability to produce toxins, which are proteins with poisonous effects. The symptoms of typical illnesses, such as fevers, sniffles, rashes, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea, might be brought on by those toxins.

With that here are 5 points to know about germs and school.

  1. All kids have germs – Yes, even our own kids have them. It is important for us to remember that when going back to school, even the cutest kids have germs. As germs are everywhere, and with kids having little understanding of proper hygiene, they attract and collect them the most.
  2. Germs are not necessarily a bad thing – There are types of germs that are good for the body, these help kids build their immune systems. For example, when your kid gets hit with a cold virus, the next time they’re faced with the same virus, they will be able to fight off the infections quicker.
  3. Know your school protocol –  Knowing what is considered sick for your child’s school is vital in making the decision whether or not you are to let them go. How hot is too hot? What makes a fever? Is having a cold allowed? What is considered sick? These will help you determine if your child is fit for attendance and also prevent other kids from being sick as well.
  4. Practice Good Hygiene – At all times, we should practice good hygiene, especially our kids who have little understanding of its importance. Teaching them what is hygienic or not will prevent them from contracting germs anywhere they do. 
  5. Parameters of Return – How better should my kid be to go back to school? Fully knowing the condition of your kid will also help in lessening the risk of infection for yourself, your environment, and other kids that might be in contact with your own. 

Maintaining a clean and hygienic school environment is vital in preventing the spread of germs among students. By implementing proper hand hygiene practices, regular cleaning routines, promoting respiratory etiquette, and encouraging sick students to stay home, schools can minimize illness outbreaks and create a healthier learning environment for all.

Dr. Kre Johnson is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and the sole owner of Brownstone Healthcare and Aesthetics. She is the Medical Director of the City of Birmingham’s Employee Health Clinic-Brownstone BWell Birmingham. She is the Event Producer of Wifeology and the founder of Three Twenty Girls, IncShe loves God, traveling, and all things Southern!!
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Other References:
Germ Vectors
Kids and Germs

Dr. Ankrehah Trimble Johnson aka "Dr Kre"


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