As illness spread through the year, it will be very important for your student to understand basic hygiene in order to help prevent the potential spread of illnesses to and from him/her. Some of the most basic hygiene habits can be the most effective. Some tips to review with your student are:
- Teach your student to cover his/her mouth when coughing/sneezing with the bend of an arm or a tissue
- Wash hands often, especially after coughing/sneezing. Teach your student to scrub, sing Happy Birthday at least twice before rinsing
- Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth (T-Zone). "If You NEVER touch those mucous membranes with a dirty(contaminated) finger you will NOT be sick again from a respiratory or gastro-intestinal illness"
- Personal space, stay home when ill and avoid being around anyone with a known illness as much as possible.
For other great tips on preventing the spread of illness at school, visit the CDC website
Puberty is discussed beginning in 4th grade for girls. In 4th grade, boys are introduced to the overall importance of basic hygiene such as showering and possible use of deodorant due to body changes. 5th grade boys and girls will then have another discussion on puberty and the changes this may bring to their body overtime. This discussion will also reiterate the importance of proper hygiene including diet, exercise, and overall health during the developmental changes of their body. The CDC also has other great resources and information on expected changes throughout a student's growing years.