Your Parents Told You to Share; Don't Share Germs!

OK kids; as we enter into a colder season, remember that “sharing” with classmates can be good sometimes but not others:

  • It is always okay to share your knowledge, advice, and expertise (but just try not to look like a know it all!)
  • Sharing your milk carton, juice box or other drinks puts you at risk for nasty winter cold germs and illness.
  • Sharing your pen or pencil can do the same (ever catch yourself chewing on the end of your pen or pencil??....ughhh! Nasty mouth germs for someone else to grab!)
  • Sharing your hats, headbands, earmuffs, combs, brushes: better watch out for head lice or cooties!
  • If you have to cough, cough into your elbow instead of hand.  Less chance of passing those germs around that way since we hardly ever shake elbows with someone else!

By Dr. Michael Jakubowski, pediatrician, ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatrics in Appleton