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Is Your Child Heading To High School? How To Help Them Avoid Staph Infection In The Locker Room

by Caitlin Obara

If your kids are going to be heading off to high school, and they'll be dressing out for gym class, it's important that you talk to them about staph infections. Staph infections are a serious health concern, especially when it comes to the locker room atmosphere. Here are some safety precautions your kids can take to prevent staph infections while in school.

Keep Their Hands Clean

When it comes to the locker room, the most important rule your kids can remember is that they should keep their hands clean. Keeping their hands clean will help prevent the spread of infection, especially if your kids are in the habit of touching any part of their face. If they're carrying infectious germs on their hands, and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth, they could become sick. If your kids can't keep their hands clean, have them keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in their locker.

Shower After Sports

Kids don't always want to shower in the locker room, but it's one of the best ways to make sure they stay healthy. A thorough washing after sporting activities will help remove any germs and bacteria that they might have come in contact with. It's important to note that your kids should always wear shower shoes when entering the locker room showers. They don't want their feet to come in contact with germs that can cause athletes foot, or hand, foot, and mouth disease. It's also important for your kids to know that they should never share hygiene products such as soap, shavers, or even towels. If your child's school provides towels, make sure your child knows to grab a fresh one each time they shower. For maximum protection, you should provide your child with their own towel. Have them bring it home each night to get washed.

Wipe Down Sports Equipment Before Using

During gym class, your child will probably be using school equipment. Remind them to wipe down the handles, or hand grips, of any equipment they use. If they'll be sitting on equipment, such as exercise bikes, or weight machines, have them place a towel between them and the seat. This is particularly important if your child will be wearing shorts. They don't want their skin to come in contact with the seat.

Staph infection is a serious problem, and it's highly contagious. Using the tips provided here will help your child avoid infections during gym class. If your child develops a sore that doesn't heal, be sure to visit an urgent care clinic near you. They may have an infection that will require treatment.