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26th Sep 2023

New term, new germs: How to avoid your child getting sick at school or nursery

Bathing is key.

With the return to school, there’s a return of worry for parents about their children falling ill, as recent warnings report that there may be strains of bacteria ‘lurking in nurseries’.

Similarly with schools, each September, as children rush back through the gates and into their classrooms, they are at risk of the ‘new term, new germs’ curse.

Thankfully, the bath experts at Showers to You have compiled a list of effective ways to encourage your little one into the bath and keep the illnesses at bay, as consistent bath routines is the second line of defence when it comes to avoiding viruses.

Defence Against Germs

We may not want to hear it, but up to 1,000 species of bacteria live on our skin. Yup, I know, it’s not exactly a comforting thought, but rest assured, most of these germs are actually good for us.

For all of us in any environment, we are constantly exposed to various germs and bacteria, but particularly children who enter classrooms and playgrounds full of other children every day.

Your best weapon against the nasty bacteria? A proper bathing routine. If kids aren’t regularly bathing and end up touching their mouth, nose, or eyes, they are at risk of being exposed to harmful germs.

A proper bath-time routine helps remove these contaminants and reduces the risk of illness.

Educational Toys

The use of bath toys is not only an educational and fun experience but also one that thoroughly cleans your child.

Certain bath toys, like water wheel toys or pouring cups, can motivate kids to experiment with water flow and aid problem-solving skills. Bath books are another helpful way to get your child excited about bath time, and they’re designed to be waterproof with simple stories, vibrant illustrations, and textured pages to promote early literacy skills.

Gentle Washing Techniques

If your child has reservations or even fears around bath time, you’re not alone. Some children may have developed anxiety or fear about bathing due to past discomforts with temperatures, slipping in the tub, or getting soap in the eyes.

Using a soft washcloth or sponge is an effective way to gently clean your child’s body and hair, and using a tear-free shampoo will ensure there aren’t any tears if they make their way into their eyes or ears. 

Also, recurring and praising them every time they bathe can let them know they are safe and pave the way to having a more enjoyable time in the bath in the future.