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A Few Ways Your Child Can Avoid Germs and Increase Immunity

Germs..? What are Germs?

Germs are tiny organisms that can't be seen with the naked eye or felt by hand, but can only be seen through a microscope. They are tiny living organisms and consist of mainly three groups:

* Bacteria: They are tiny, one-celled creatures that get nutrients from their environments in                  

order to live. Sometimes that environment can be the human body. Bacteria can                      

reproduce outside of the body or within the body and cause infections. Some                            

infections include ear infections, sore throats (tonsillitis or strep throat),                                

pneumonia and cavities to name a few.

* Viruses:   They need to be inside living cells to grow and reproduce. Most viruses can't                              

survive for too long if they're not inside a living host like a plant, animal, or                            

person. A host is the area in which a virus lives. Viruses can cause chickenpox,                          

measles, flu, and many other diseases. Some viruses can live on a surface for a                        

short time, it is therefor important to wash your hands regularly.

* Fungi:       They are multi-celled, plant-like organisms. Unlike other plants, fungi cannot                            

make their own food from soil, air, and water. Instead, fungi get their nutrition                          

from plants, people, and animals. They love to live in moist, warm places, and                            

many fungi are not dangerous in healthy people. An example of something                                

caused by fungi is athlete's foot, that itchy rash that teens and adults sometimes                      

get between their toes.

Coming into contact with germs is inevitable and not something that can be completely avoided. Whilst most germs might not harm you, certain germs can enter your immune system and breach its defenses which will lead to an illness. 

In order to protect yourself and your environment, Sprinkle Spray recommends the following Action Plan:

* Ensure that you and your family wash and disinfect your hands regularly

This cannot be stressed enough. After using the restroom, playing outside, touching a keyboard, elevator button, doorknob, etc. it is important to either wash your hands or make use of the Sprinkle Spray Disinfectant Spray to ensure that no surface bacteria is carried over to your face and/or mouth. Whilst you cannot be with your kids 24/7, teach them to wash their hands several times per day, especially at school.

* Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

This is often overlooked, but is a great culprit in the spreading of germs in high-foot traffic zones. Teach your children to always cover their mouths if they are coughing or sneezing. If you happen to see people around you not covering their mouth when sneezing or coughing, politely ask them to follow the proper etiquette, especially if you will be spending most of your day around them in an open office environment. It is also important to wash your hands afterwards to ensure that any bacteria is not spread onto a keyboard, phone, toys, doorknobs, etc.

* Try to avoid contact with people who are currently sick

This might not always be easy, especially if a sick person is in your house, but it is best that the infected person stays indoors, takes any prescribed medicine and rests to ensure a speedy recovery. You can also use the Sprinkle Spray disinfectant spray in the house as this has proven to help limit further cross infection. 

* Always remember, it is okay not to share everything with everyone

Ensure that your child has his/her own personal set of supplies in order not to have to borrow things such as crayons/pencils from other children. Remind your child not to share his/her snacks, meals or drinks, especially with another child who is currently sick. At the gym, try to not use any water fountains, but instead opt for a water bottle that you can carry with you. If your child's school is not currently on the Weekly Sprinkle Spray Disinfecting Program, kindly speak to the school's owner or the Head of your Department to get onto the program. We have seen absenteeism reduction rates of up to 44.4% at the facilities that we currently service. It might also be a good idea to get your house sprayed during each season change to get rid of any lingering bacteria. 

* Always ensure that your child brushes his/her teeth before going to bed

This is one of the best habits that any parent can teach his/her kids. Kids are naturally more vulnerable to cavities and tooth aches as they tend to eat a lot more candies and sweets than their parents. Brushing your teeth before going to bed reduces the chances of developing germs in the mouth.

Whilst this is not a comprehensive Action Plan, it will get you and your family on the right path to help limit the chances of cross infection.

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