Why Do Kids Get Sick When They Go Back To School?

Germs.

Ever think about them?

Ever think about them in relationship to back to school?

the doorknobs
the desks
the teachers desk
the pencils
the pens
the chairs
the computer key boards
the chalk
the eraser
the books
the drinking fountain
the lunch table
the lunch box
the milk carton
the cafeteria
the washroom
the gym
the locker room
the bus

need I go on ?

Everything mentioned above are items that are touched by EVERYONE over and over and over.

Would you agree that the germ factor in the school environment is HUGE?

As a wellness consultant I adore back to school for a variety of reasons. In my business I begin to hear from everyone again.

My mommy clients in particular totally come out of the woodwork – the phone rings with a different type of determination —

I NEED some vitamins!! My family is already starting to get sick.

Even as we get into the second week school related illness have begun.

“… the minute my kids get exposed,….” they say.

Breaks my heart

I have many a personal theory as to what is it about school that makes my child sick phenomenon

Perhaps it’s the use of toxic chemicals in the classroom or around the school’s property, some states thanks to the Green Schools Act are making strides to remedy that.

Perhaps it’s because very little cleaning actually occurs in the classroom.

We additionally have horrific school lunch programs, high sugar consumption and stress, not to mention a shift to cooler weather.

All of these things contribute to reduced immune function. Reduced immune function equals sick

Oh and the germs. Lots and lots of germs.

I don’t advocate germ hysteria or paranoia

Basic hand washing will get many of us very far.

I personally feel That anti-bacterial stuff is a bunch of hooey

I will say this …

Consider a happy back to school gift for the teacher

Give them this handy dandy canister of non-toxic germ wipes.

They can use them to actually clean the door knobs and computer key boards or everything!

Best yet maybe the teacher would let you come in and do a daily ” wipe “.

That way you know it’s getting done!

It never hurts to take your vitamins too!!

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