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Parents: Germiest Places in School
DAYTON -- School has barely started and kids already being sent home sick..
The Centers for Disease Control says elementary students are sick an average of eight to 12 times a year.
They say the germiest places are drinking fountains and cafeteria trays.
We talked with Shalini Forbis, a pediatrician with Dayton Children's Hospital, she says sending your child to school with a packed, healthy lunch and their own water bottle will help.
"Kids tend to touch their face a lot so if you touch something and touch your face, you're gonna pick up whatever is in that surface," said Forbis.
We found a Dayton mother, Ashley Hanson, who was waiting at the bus stop outside the Children's Hospital with her three children.
She tells us her daughter has already missed two of her first few days of kindergarten, "she started getting sick Sunday and was in the hospital twice Sunday."
The best defense is to remind your kids to wash their hands with soap even before they eat and tell them to sing their ABC's while washing to get rid of all those gross germs.
Forbis says don't forget healthy eating, exercise and sleep will be key to your child having a healthier school year.
For all different topics on keeping your kids safe pediatricians at Dayton Childrens Hospital have started a "Doctor Mom Squad Blog."
You can read more about that website by clicking here.
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