Avoiding back-to-school germs

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - As students head back to classrooms and start bringing home assignments, they could also be bringing home a lot of germs.

According to the National Sanitation Foundation water fountains, faucets, and children's hands are some of the germiest places inside of a school.

But those aren't the only items that can be full of germs and breed bacteria.

Charlotte pediatrician Dr. Rhonda Patt told WBTV backpacks can also be full of germs. Patt said often backpacks are placed on the floor and it's important to keep them off of counter tops and places where food is prepared.

Patt said children should also be cautious with items that make their way around the classroom.

"A lot of times kids will have shared crayons, shared pencils, and shared scissors and because of that it's important to teach your kids to keep their hands out of their mouths," said Dr. Patt.

According to Dr. Patt the best way to protect your child from germs and from getting sick is to teach them how to wash their hands properly (with soap, in cold or hot water for a minimum of 20 seconds).

Dr. Patt also suggests putting a travel sized hand sanitizer in a child's lunchbox.

Also, wash children's backpacks. Some experts suggest washing a child's backpack at least once a week.

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