Back to school: Avoiding germs and illness

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It's that time of year when kids start heading back to class. And a new school year not only means new clothes and classes, it means more chances for your kids to be exposed to germs and illness.

There are some steps parents can take to make sure their kids stay healthy and well this school year.

Catching head lice is always a big concern. "It's ubiquitous around the Valley, around the country," says Dr. Harry Broome of MVP Kids Care. "Girls especially. We try to encourage them to pull their hair tightly into ponytails. Have the parents inspect them every morning before school."

He says you should also discourage the sharing of hats, headbands, helmets, brushes and combs.

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, also can strike hard. It can also be very contagious. The condition can be viral or bacterial. Either way, you should see your doctor.

Hand washing is critical to fight germs, viruses and the flu. And make sure your kids stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep. "We're constantly talking prevention," says Broome. "So good diet, good exercise program, getting back on a good sleep schedule ahead of the school year really boosts your immune system."

MVP Kids Care has two offices and nine different doctors.

There are offices are located at 4700 N. 51st Avenue, Suite 4 Phoenix and 13075 W. McDowell Road, Suite D-100 Avondale.

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