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Tips for Avoiding the Infamous "Back-to-School Illness"

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  This is advice is strictly my opinion and is not meant to be taken as medical advice.

I had no idea that sending my daughter to her first week of Kindergarten meant the plague was going to hit our house.

I prepped and planned and did everything I thought I had to for back-to-school time.  Pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, nap towel, backpack, lunch box.  Check, check and check!  But what I was not prepared for was the nasty bug that hit our house.  After two weeks of runny noses, nasty coughs, ear aches and fevers, I'm so over it.  I was thinking a cold would hit us around the Fall/Winter time when the weather starts to cool down.  I was absolutely not prepared for the "back-to-school plague."

I think the key is not to freak kids out about germs, though.  I think we just need to teach them to be proactive in avoiding illnesses.  Based on my personal experience and a little research, I've put together a short list of five tips for helping to avoid the spread of illness this school year.


We've all heard it over and over again that getting enough sleep each night helps keep our bodies in tip top shape.  From my personal experience, if I don't get enough sleep a few days in a row, I immediately start to feel run down and seem to pick up any illness that I come into contact with.  This usually happens to me right before a big vacation.  By the time the trip is over, I've started showing symptoms of a cold or flu.


Choosing high-quality vitamins that our kids actually want to take is tricky.  Gummy vitamins seem to be the only things my oldest will take right now and I can't say that I blame her.  I hate swallowing pills and would rather take a gummy vitamin any day.  Knowing that Nature Made® has a whole line of kids' vitamins available at Target, I found myself looking like a crazy mom shoveling every bottle of kids' gummy vitamins into my cart.  Obviously they aren't all meant to be taken in one day, but since Target had them on sale, I didn't want to miss out.

My daughter actually asks to take her Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamins every day, which is great because I often forget to give them to her.  Between getting her lunch ready, preparing breakfast, getting everyone dressed and out of the door on time in the mornings, things get a little chaotic.  What I do is set our bottle of vitamins out on the counter so she sees it and knows to remind me.

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Most kids get enough exercise on the playground at school, but it's always good to get them moving on the weekends while they're at home.  Having them join a sport that they love or playing a game of tag at the park with the family is enough to get their heart rate up.

Eat Healthy

Parents, I get it.  Most kids hate the word "healthy" and cringe at the sight of anything leafy or green.  My daughter is going through an anti-green phase right now, but she will eat broccoli.  So, needless to say we serve a TON of broccoli with dinner.  I also try to include a fruit in her school lunches, limit the PB&J sandwiches and send water bottles instead of juice boxes.

You can check out my Pinterest board titled FOOD FOR LITTLES for tips on sneaking healthy ingredients into foods our kids love.

Hand Washing

Establishing good hand washing habits are important for preventing the spread of illnesses both at school and at home.  I little tip that I taught my daughter is to sing the ABC's when she washes her hands to ensure that she has scrubbed them long enough with soap.

Do you have any other great tips for helping avoid the back-to-school illnesses?  I'd love to hear about them.  Leave me a comment!

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