The Facts on Germs and Back-to-School
To help understand the impact of germs and illness on families during the school year, Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes recently conducted a national survey of parents of school-aged children.*
Key findings include:
- Doing Well in School and Getting Sick are Top Concerns for Parents
When asked what they most worry about when it comes to their children at the start of a new school year, about half of parents (49%) said getting sick, the second most popular response only to getting good grades. Additionally, about one-third of parents (32%) surveyed said they were worried about their children being exposed to germs.
- Healthy Hand Hygiene is a Top Priority in Keeping Kids Healthy…
When asked what steps they take to keep their children healthy during the school year, the leading response from parents was that they encourage their children to keep their hands clean. More than two-thirds of parents (68%) cited the importance of clean hands, followed by getting enough sleep (67%), annual check-ups with a health care provider (61%), staying active (59%), a daily healthy breakfast (57%) and getting an annual flu shot (45%).
- …But Parents Don’t Consider Antibacterial Hand Wipes a Must-Have
Despite the fact that many classrooms and lunchrooms are not equipped with a sink where children can wash their hands during the school day, only one in four parents surveyed (25%) indicated that antibacterial hand wipes were a must-have item for their children to bring to school at the start of a new school year.
- A Sick Day for a Child Often Means Losing a Work Day for Parents
While more than one-third of parents (34%) indicated that they or a spouse/partner is a stay-at-home parent and able to care for their children at home when they get sick on a school day, not all parents are as lucky. About two out of five parents (43%) said that either they or a spouse/partner has to take a day off from work when a child gets sick. And about a quarter (23%) of all parents have to take a day off work without pay.
- Parents Worry About their Child Falling Behind in School When out of School Due to Illness
While nearly half of parents (49%) are worried about their child getting sick, they are also worried about the impact being out of the classroom can have on the child. In fact, more than one-fifth of parents are concerned their child will fall behind on school work (21%).
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