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Keep the back-to-school sniffles at bay

The holidays are over; it’s back to work and the deadlines are piling up, and then – to top it all off – the children are starting a new school year.

As parents we all know that once the school year begins the chances are high that in a week’s time your child is going to be coughing and sniffling.

“Children are exposed to different types of germs when they start a new school year,” says Lindie Pretorius, brand manager of Linctagon.

“As parents we often ask ourselves how we can prevent our children from getting sick and reduce their number of absent days at school but most of the time it is out of our control.”

Keep the germs at bay

You can try to get ahead of the school germ swap by teaching children what they must and must not do:

. Wash your hands before and after you eat, and after you go to the bathroom. Keeping a small hand sanitiser in their school bag is also another step to stop the spreading of germs.

. If you sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue but throw it away as soon as you have used it.

. Don’t let classmates touch your face. Germs can carry from touch to touch and are easily spread this way.

. Don’t share food and drinks with classmates; this is a sure way for germs to spread.

. A reasonable bedtime helps to strengthen a child’s immune system and help fight off germs.

Keep the cabinet box stocked

So, you have prepared your children but this doesn’t mean that they won’t get sick. The question is – are you prepared?

You and your medicine cabinet need to be back-to-school ready as well:

Step 1: Go through all your current medication and check the expiry dates. Any expired medication needs to be removed and replaced.

Step 2: Make sure you have something to address the following symptoms:

. coughing;

. stuffy noses;

. diarrhoea and constipation;

. nausea and vomiting; and

. pains and fever.

Step 3: All non-medication items such as tissues, hand sanitiser, petroleum jelly and thermometers, need to be stored so they are easily accessible and that you won’t need to search for anything at the last minute.

Step 4: “Use a brand that you can trust and that you know works,” says Pretorius.

“You can’t be running back and forth to the pharmacy while your child is sick.”

Linctagon has a full junior range for a variety of colds and flu symptoms with which you can stock up your medicine cabinet in preparation for back-to-school illnesses.

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