Posted at: 08/28/2013 1:56 PM
Updated at: 08/28/2013 1:58 PM
By: Monica Robbins, WKYC
Back to school is always an exciting time, but it's also the time kids tend to share germs.
Younger children tend to touch their eyes, noses and mouths more often and can spread bacteria and viruses like flu, colds, pink eye and strep throat.
Aside from the golden rule of routinely washing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap, teach the kids to avoid water fountains, too. Often they touch the spigot with their mouths, and that's where bacteria can live. Have them use their own water bottles and teach them not to share with other kids.