Parents urged to take steps beyond a school physical

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Germs can spread fast in a classroom when you have kids sneezing and coughing into their hands, touching others and sharing objects- all without washing their hands.

The message from a number of doctors this week was clear, colds and other illnesses are expected to increase in the coming weeks now that kids are in close contact with each other. Strep throat, lice, and the common cold all spike around this time.

The Florida Department of Health urges parents to take steps beyond a school physical and be proactive about your child's health now before it's too late.

"Don't wait till you child is sick to see a doctor,” said Dr. Rolles with the Fl. Department of Health. She had four suggestions for every parent:

  • Talk to them about the importance of washing their hands often- especially before eating and after using the restroom.
  • Encourage them not to share hats, coats, combs or brushes to avoid the spread of head lice.
  • Stay on top of any behavioral changes and encourage them to talk about their day.

"Ask them how their day is going, what did they learn, what was their favorite part and what happened today that wasn’t their favorite," said Dr. Rolles.

These open conversations will keep you in the loop on whether they're tired from stress, anxiety, or an oncoming cold.