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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

Germs: They’re BACK!!!

I love this time of year when we get to connect with old friends and acquaintances at school. Leo and Henry share exuberant reunions with school buddies from last year and I catch up with my “mommy friends” at drop off. But there are some familiar entities I would rather not reacquaint myself with. Germs: those insidious, yucky, messy friends who stay too long at any party.
For me, the germs got to work right away. By the second day of school I had a slight stomach bug that reminded me of my first trimester. (And the answer is NO to anyone who thinks I may be on that boat again.) I visited my doctor who shook her head, saying, “It’s that time of year again” and told me about the woman who had puked in the very spot I sat not a day earlier. Ewww. For several days I was on the rice, water, clear foods diet. Welcome back to school!
For Leo, it took a couple more days. On Friday he came home from school with the sniffles and by Monday he was in full “cold with a head ache” mode. Leo didn’t have a fever and his energy level was fine. So, I sent the poor little guy off to school with a handful of tissues and strict instructions to use a lot of sanitizer. As a new Kindergartener Leo was concerned about getting permission to leave the sharing rug to blow his nose and wash his hands. I assured him that his new teacher would support him in his efforts.
So far, Henry and Gerry have not been visited by the Germs. I am crossing my fingers. But we can all do much more than that to keep germs and illness far far away from our homes this back to school season.
I sat down with the kids to re-watch the Sid the Science Kid episode “The Big Sneeze” about germs and hand washing. (You can get the episode on iTunes as a part of the Sid the Science Kid Season 2 collection.) The message never gets old. Germs stick on your hands, so wash them! Wash your hands! Even though we can’t see the germs, we still need to wash our hands.
With the fall approaching and flu season creeping up on us, even the simple act of washing our hands can make all the difference. When I visited my doctor about my stomach bug her main recommendation for helping my family was to wash my hands frequently. She also told me to use the dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes. I had never thought of that before. I need to make the boys appointments for the flu shot (or spray) and Gerry and I need to follow suit.
So, in this time of new beginnings, new friends, new schools, new outfits, and new lunchboxes I need to be vigilant and protect against new and unwanted GERMS. I know the kids will be learning more about it in school, but I love turning to Sid for a reminder.
How are your kids doing at school or preschool? Have any unwanted germs invaded your home? Share any tips you have for reminding your kids about hand washing!

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