SO. My kids have always had pretty awesome immune systems. They've had a few minor colds and maybe 2 stomach flu/virus things their whole lives. (7 and 5 years old.) But we also didn't go out much, they never went to daycare or pre-k, etc. I homeschooled them up until now so they've never been in an environment like a classroom for more than a few hours. Its the 10th day of school and my kindergartener is already home with a stomach bug. These things are going to happen, I know, but I'm just wondering what else I can do/what you ladies do, to keep their little immune systems in tip top shape? Vitamins, etc.
Right now they are taking the gummy bear vitamins (I can't remember the name right now
) every morning because I don't know a whole lot about kids and vitamins and how much they should take and when, etc. If someone can point me to some information, that would be great!
They need more veggies in their diet, that's true. But I'm working on that. I just bought a book about "sneaking" veggies in, so definitely working on that.
They get enough sleep, I believe. 10-11 hours a night usually, which I think is recommended. And the Kindergarten teaches definitely preaches Hand Washing regularly. Like, A LOT.
My 5yo eats breakfast at school because that's where her class meets in the morning, but my 1st grader usually has cheerios with fruit, yogurt with fruit, or whole wheat bagels with cream cheese/peanut butter/nutella and a glass of carnation instant breakfast or OJ.
I'm sorry if I sound a little nutty, I swear I'm not a hypochondriac. I just still feel kind of lost in this whole school thingsand I just want to make sure I'm not missing something important.
I've never been a germophobe before, but now when I think about where all those 5yo hands have been and all the surfaces in the kindergarten room...it makes me want to volunteer to be the classroom janitor. XD