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St. Luke’s Care Now shares the following tips about keeping kids healthy and in the classroom
October 14, 2014

GUARDING AGAINST COLDS AND INFECTIONS. Colds are NOT caused by going out to the chilly bus stop with wet hair. Colds and infections are caused by viruses and bacteria when they are spread from person-to-person. When you put people into confined spaces, such as a classroom, the chances of spreading an infection increases. Your best defense is frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer.

BACKPACK SAFETY TIPS TO REMEMBER. Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. Pack light and organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child's body weight. Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles. If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, they may be difficult to roll in snow, and they may not fit in some lockers.