Back to School: How to protect your child from Norovirus
It’s that time of year again. Schools around the UK are back in action, which means – for both children and teachers – spending most of the day in close proximity to each other. The nights are drawing in and the days getting colder – although we might not want to admit it yet – winter is coming. Some children may even welcome a winter sniffle in order to squeeze a few days off school from their parents but one bug you definitely don’t want them to catch is norovirus.
- How dangerous is it?
A leading disease specialist in the US recently stated ‘Anyone who has had norovirus will tell you that for the first day, they are worried they might die. On the second day, they are worried that they won’t die’. Cases rarely last longer than 2 days and normally pass naturally but it can be more dangerous among vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly.
- Why should I be concerned?
It’s on the rise. The NHS now estimates annual cases to total over 1 million – making it the most common stomach bug in the UK.
Norovirus is particularly dangerous in confined communities such as schools as it spreads quickly and easily, often infecting a whole group in a matter of hours. It also has extraordinary abilities to survive for long periods of time either in the air, on surfaces or the skin.
Put simply – norovirus couldn’t be happier anywhere else.
- How can I protect my child?
The best way to protect your child is to ensure they practice good hand hygiene. Although norovirus can be airborne it is most often spread through contact with an infected person, through shaking or holding hands for example. It can be difficult to make children wash their hands in the conventional way and water and soap are not always readily available so arm them with an ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitiser.
Most hand sanitisers contain a high alcohol content which is obviously unsafe for children to use. As well as this, most alcohol-based products are not effective at killing norovirus. In order for a product to eliminate the virus from the hands it requires the active ingredient Benzalkonium Chloride. Both the EcoHydra Hand Sanitiser and Hand Wash contain this active ingredient, making them effective at killing norovirus. This ingredient is also non-toxic, making EcoHydra 100% safe for children.
Norovirus is incredibly contagious, so if you know your child has been unlucky enough the contract the bug don’t send them to school.
- What are the symptoms?
Extreme and sudden vomiting and diarrhoea, and perhaps headaches and cramps from dehydration. Ensure your child drinks plenty of water
- The EcoHydra Instant Foam Hand Sanitiser (50ml) is available to buy at most Boots stores. Both the Hand Sanitiser and the Hand Wash are available in various sizes at www.buyecohydra.com