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    Preventing the Spread of Germs

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    As New England’s brisk weather settles in during these late autumn months, we are reminded that the flu is nipping at our heels. Once you hear that first sneeze or cough in your child’s classroom, you fear that your child will be the next to catch the bug. The truth is that germs spread in preschool just as quickly as they do in a petri dish!

    Together, parents and teachers can teach children the proper techniques used to prevent germs from spreading person to person. We reinforce hand washing with warm soapy water, coughing or sneezing into sleeves and using tissues to wipe noses and faces, not our fingers. The healthy eating of fruits and vegetables is also encouraged in and out of the classroom during colder months to ensure that the immune system is working at its best. Every flu season, families are advised to receive their flu shots to further protect themselves from the flu.

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    Children love experiments! One of the best ways for your child to learn how germs spread is to see germs spread. The Glitter Experiment is perfect for your child. Glitter, acting as germs, coats your child’s hands and he or she will go about the house, touching surfaces and others leaving glitter “germs” to find at the end of the experiment. Since there is a lot of glitter, your child will see how easily they spread around, and how tough the germs are to get off once they’re on!

    For the Glitter Experiment and more Germ Science experiments visitHome Science Tools!

    Please refer to these links for great information and tips to stay healthy during this flu season:

    Parents.com

    Pediatrics After Hours

    Flu.gov

    CDC.gov

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