6 Ways To Keep Your Kids Healthy This School Year

With school back in session for most families around the country, I'm already starting to see parents complaining about back-to-school germs and illnesses floating around their homes and communities. It brings to the forefront of my mind all the times Em picked up a stomach bug last year, and how traumatic that was for her and us due to her heightened susceptibility to illness. Not only that, but each time Em gets sick, there's a chance she won't bounce back to where she was before the illness struck, which is a huge fear for both Derek and I. 


With those fears in mind, this year I want to be a lot more proactive about the measures we're taking in our home to prevent illnesses as best as we can. Derek and I have admittedly never been parents that have been good about giving their kids daily baths and keeping up on all the hygiene things as well as we should, and that's one of the biggest things I'm looking to change this school year. 

1. Daily Baths: Derek and I have never been good about giving our kids daily baths. In the past this is something that we would do 1-2 times a week, simply because our kids never really got dirty. They spent a majority of their time playing inside the house, and never got sweaty, and so baths weren't a huge priority. 

Now that the kids are in school and they have recess each day, they constantly come home covered in playground dirt, and they need a bath to get clean. Most days Jay comes home from school looking like he fought in some strenuous war that day, but it's really just playground filth. 

2. Clean Their Fingernails: Not to brag, but if there is one thing I do well at, it's cleaning my kids nails. They touch things at school all day long, and come home with enough dirt in their nails to plant potatoes (something my grandma always said!) I like to take the fingernail clippers and get the dirt out of their nails right when they get home because my kids are constantly picking their noses and rubbing their hands all over their faces, and all those germs from the school are hibernating in those dirty nails! 

3. Sponge Baths: On nights when my kids might not be crazy dirty, and a bath is skipped, especially for Em, I like to do sponge baths. I simply get a wash cloth loaded with body wash and water and scrub Em down right before we put her jammies on before bed. I dry her off with a towel, and then it's like we got the benefits of giving a bath without actually doing it. Getting her in and out of the tub all the time is quite the strenuous task, so this is a great option on nights when she's not so filthy. 

4. Essential Oils: While I'm not out selling and hustling essential oils all day long, I love love love them in our house.  Our favorites are Onguard and Breathe from Doterra (I can hook you up if you want!), and when our kids show their first signs of illness, we're quick to rub these oils on their feet and put them in the diffuser in their bedrooms! 

5. Clean Sheets: Your kids spend so much time in their beds and especially on their pillows. Keeping these cleaned (I typically wash them once a week!) will be a great way to to make sure you're washing out any lingering bacteria from their mouths and sweat that they produce while sleeping. 

6. No Shoes in the House: I'm convinced that shoes are the filthiest things to enter our home. We have a hard rule that the kids take their shoes off right when they get in the door, and they stay in the shoe closet. That way the bacteria and germs aren't getting trapped into our carpet that the kids are constantly playing and crawling on. 

These are the things we're doing and working on to keep our kids healthy this year, I'd love to know what you do in your homes in the comments below! 

26 comments

  1. We love essential oils, I have 4 kids and seriously the first week of school my oldest came down with a cold and infected the whole house. Children are little plague carriers.

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  2. Great ideas! Sheets can get nasty, especially if your kid has a touch of something but isn't full-blown sick yet. We always had the shoe rule at our house growing up.

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  3. These are such great tips! A lot of people forget how much bacteria can hide under fingernails, and how important it is to scrub underneath them :-)

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  4. Great post, these are good ideas! I'll be sure to share with my parent friends :)

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  5. These are all great tips! I'm not a parent but I can imagine it's super stressful trying to keep your kids from getting sick. It sounds like you're doing a great job!

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  6. Definitely daily good hygiene will keep the sickness mostly away. I also love using essential oils for holistic healthier living.

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  7. I love making my own blend of essential oils! It's super handy, I just put mine on a roller and I can take it with me anywhere! We also follow the no shoes inside policy (well, mostly because we're Asians and we're used to it since little), it's really a big help in keeping the house clean!

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  8. What a great post, This is actually something that I really need. I want my kids to keep healthy and my elder is now officialy going to school.

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  9. 7. Put them in a bubble. It's unreal. Less than 2 weeks of school and my son already caught a cold. And we do all of these things (except the essential oils). Great tips though

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  10. These are some great, practical tips. Kids are among so many new people and different environments. It is vital to be proactive.

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  11. These are some great tips. We keep a nailbrush by the sink so when our Grandkids wash their hands they can give their nails a quick clean as they always get dirty when playing outside.

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  12. These are great hygiene tips to keep the school going children away from germs as much as possible. We too have the shoe rule in our house. Keeping the shoes in the shoe cabinets at the entrance saves a lot of infections from entering your house. I also like the idea of using essential oils.

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  13. These are some really great tips. I will share it with my friends who are parents.

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  14. Definitely NO shoes in the house! That's the easiest way to cut down on gross stuff on your carpet.

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  15. I'm team no-shoes-in-the-house. Not only does it help keep germs out, but it makes keeping floors clean so much easier!

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  16. We're trying to adopt the policy of no shoes in the house, but its providing difficult as I play out on the street and am constantly running indoors with my friends!

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  17. No shoes in the house is my biggest issue. I address this on a daily basis.

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  18. Essential oils always come in handy. That, and not tracking in things from outside by leaving your shoes at the door.

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  19. Essential oil’s are a great way to keep the kids safe thankfully Josiah hasn’t started school yet so I don’t have to do too much worry about him getting sick from being there these are great tips.

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  20. No shoes and essential oils are a must in my house. Thank you so much for sharing. This was really informative.

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  21. Great list! We follow all these and more. Essential oil's are a definitely must for every household with kids.

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  22. All great advice!! I don’t have any kiddos but I know that advice can be applied to anyone!!

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  23. It's so important to keep kids healthy. These habits are easy to take up. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. This is the same trauma we are having right now with our son. We put him into the nursery at the age of 2+. He suddenly always gets sick. I've seen their clean and you know all the hygienic rules within the nursery but all that failed. The very last thing he got before we really decided to stop him from going to the nursery was foot, hand and mouth disease and influenza. Now I don't know how to put him back to school he's going 4.

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  25. It's so easy for the kids to catch a virus or an infection in school and you'll never know what they're up to while they're there so it's really important to teach them proper hygiene. I think these are helpful tips especially for parents who are sending their kids to school for the first time.

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  26. No shoes in the house is a big one and I definitely feel that should be implemented.

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