Avoiding Germs

What to teach your child about germs

As your child starts to understand more about cystic fibrosis (CF), it’s important to explain how to stay clean and avoid germs, especially when they’re at school or out and about. 

Wash your hands. Clean hands can help keep your child healthy. Make sure your child knows to lather up and scrub for at least 20 seconds. (A good trick is to hum the entire “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing!) 

TIP: If your child has a backpack, consider hooking a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitizer to it. If they aren’t able to clean their hands with soap, hand sanitizer is a good backup.

Think before you drink. Let your child know that they should always choose a drink with an unbroken seal. Bringing a water bottle to school or sports practice can also help. 

Keep it personal. Make sure your child knows that they shouldn’t share certain personal items, such as straws or water bottles.