It’s every mother’s mantra: Cover your mouth when you cough. During flu season, it’s the best advice you can give any child — or adult – who wants to avoid the flu.
The flu virus is passed from one person to the other through fluids from mouth and nose secretions. When we cough and sneeze, those droplets go into the air.
At For Kid’s Sake-Dexter and For Kid’s Sake-Pinckney, we take the responsibility to remind childcare children to cover their mouth and nose so those droplets don’t go into the air… so they don’t spread to other people.
Kids should be sneezing or coughing into a tissue, but what kid has a tissue in his pocket? When a tissue isn’t instantly available to children at For Kid’s Sake-Dexter and For Kid’s Sake-Pinckney, childcare children are reminded to “catch their cough/sneeze” into the crook of their elbow. Then, parents need to be sure that children’s clothing gets into the wash at night.
It needs to be part of the routine of everyday life, and needs daily reinforcement from childcare professionals and parents alike. It’s kind of like saying please and thank you. It’s that important.
Lastly, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If soap and clean water are not accessible, use an alcohol-based product containing at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.