There are a number of ways to teach children the Sneezesafe®
program at home and reinforce what children have learnt at school to help your child use a tissue correctly and learn good respiratory hygiene habits for life:
1) Ensure that there are always tissues handy around the house.
2) Send your child to school with a pack of pocket pack tissues. These are small compact packs that fit in       your child’s school bag. It’s also useful to have tissues in coat pockets and lunch boxes. Make sure you       check regularly that any used tissues are removed from these places.
3) Encourage your child to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue and blow their nose properly: help     them to practise this, ensuring that they blow their nose and don't just wipe it, that both nostrils are fully       covered with an opened-out tissue and if possible that their mouth is closed.
4) Remind your child to throw away used tissues and to wash hands after nose-blowing or                                 coughing/sneezing into a tissue. Show your child how to wash his/her hands properly using soap.
5) Talk about the Sneezesafe® program and ask your child what they know about colds and cold germs.             Explain how viruses are too small to see and can spread easily through the air and touch. It is also               worth pointing out that how flu can make some people very ill indeed.