Aprilaire

Back-to-school: 5 Tips For Staying Healthy

Back-to school … back to germs!  It’s that time of year when the kids head back to the classroom, but are they as prepared as they should be to prevent colds, flu and other illness?

The sheer fact that the average American child has six to 10 colds a year is reason enough to send them back to the books with copious amounts of hand sanitizer. Yet, what most parents don’t realize is there may be just as many microscopic menaces floating around the house.

Don’t panic. Here are a few tips to keep your family healthy this season (at home) and at school.

1. Tackle allergens before they hit.

Kids head back to school during a time when ragweed allergies, hay fever and asthma outbreaks are at high risk. It can be difficult, as parents, to determine if your child has an allergy or has caught an infection after going back to school. A whole house air purifier can trap pollen, reduce bacteria in the air and prevent viruses, which means your child can feel relief and comfort at home … where it matters most.

2. Sleep easy.

Alarm clocks get turned off and bedtimes get forgotten during the long summer months — make sure you get your kids back into the swing of things before the first day of school. But between cozy pillows and plush blankets, beds are attractive places for more than just your little ones. Germs, allergens and dust mites are found in abundance in the bedroom. Wash your linens regularly and make sure your home doesn’t have high humidity, which is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites.

3. Sharing is caring.

Give your child’s teacher a call and voice any concerns you may have about the upcoming school year and also let the teacher know about any health concerns (allergies, managing asthma, etc.) that your child may have.

4. Make time for family time.

Take time every Sunday to plan out your family’s meals for the week — having a plan means that you’re less likely to stray or buy fast food as a last ditch effort. This also helps to make time for family dinners. When it comes to cooking, however, understand the nature of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are emitted as potentially harmful gases by a wide array of common household products. Stovetop cooking, especially on older units, may release hundreds VOCs a day, putting you and your family at risk for short- and long-term health problems. Alleviate that risk with an air purifier or whole-home ventilation solution.

5. Being healthy starts at home.

Having a healthy home will help keep your child focused and prepared for the day-to-day occurrences in the classroom. It’s time to make sure the air that your family is breathing every day is clean — so your little ones stay healthy. Find your back-to-school clean air solution today.