Knowing the right germ-fighting items every parent must always carry is an essential part of forming solid child safety habits. Keeping kids clean and injury free are a parent’s top two priorities. And even though it may be sweltering outside, and summer is still in full-swing, back-to-school season has arrived whether we want to believe it or not. In just a few short weeks, children across America will be ditching their swimsuits for homework. It’s in every parent’s best interest to keep their kids safe by being as prepared as possible for everything the new school year may throw their way. After all, school isn’t just loaded with educational achievement opportunities, it’s also packed with germs and bacteria.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “22 million sick days are taken each year due to the common cold alone.” Many of these cases are caused by the spread of germs in school. Germs are, of course, unavoidable. But a large part of good parenting is being prepared; that means parents need to be ready to wipe snot off a child’s face at a moment’s notice, clean hands with disinfectant wipes when soap and water isn’t readily available, and ready and fully stocked with Band-Aids if a wound occurs. In an effort to help parents ease back into the school year (and the germs this time of year can breed), here are 7 items that every parent should carry with them at all times, but especially on school days.
Washing hands with warm soap and water is always optimal because it is the most effective way of removing germs and bacteria. In an ideal world, you and your kids (as well as everyone you know) would wash their hands throughout the day to minimize the exposure and spread of germs. But in the real world, that’s not always possible or realistic. A second option is the effective use of hand sanitizer. According to the CDC, “many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are more effective at killing germs than those with a lower alcohol concentration or non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers.” Keep a bottle of hand-sanitizer in your bag at all times. To be extra prepared, keep one in your car and one in your child’s backpack as well.