Posted: Jul 24, 2014 5:07 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: Jul 24, 2014 5:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - With August upon us and school just around the corner, Dr. Mindy Calandro stopped by News 2 at 4 to provide parents with some tips to keep your kids in the classroom and avoid taking early sick days in the coming school year.
The doctor said the number one offenders among illnesses transferred between children at school remain the common cold and stomach bugs.
Dr. Calandro stressed that showing your kids how to properly wash their hands, especially before eating, is a great habit to start at an early age and can help keep them feeling their best on school days.
She compares proper hand washing to a "do it yourself" vaccine that involves five simple steps:
Beyond this key step, Dr. Mindy Calandro says making sure kids maintain a healthy, balanced diet to boost immunity. Daily multi-vitamins and using tricks like kale or spinach smoothies can sneak extra nutrients into the diet of picky eaters.
Lastly, Dr. Calandro said that if hand washing and proper nutrition can't keep the inevitable sickness at bay, it is for the best for all parties involved to just keep the sick child home from school rather than trying to send them when they are obviously ill. This can prevent the spread of the illness to other students and allow much needed rest for your kid to recover from the virus or cold.