7 Scourges of Kindergarten, and How to Prevent Them ...

It's the start of a new school year, and if your little one is just starting kindergarten, prepare yourself for the drama of a number of wretched, unavoidable (but easily resolved) scourges. From head lice to colds to bullies, the year's going to be a roller-coaster. But I'm not just here to be a dark little rain cloud... I can actually offer some advice, having successfully gotten two daughters through kindergarten relatively unscathed. Here are the 7 scourges of kindergarten, and how to prevent them.

1. Pink Eye

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Pink eye is incredibly contagious, so at one time or another, most kindergarten classrooms manage to have at least one nasty breakout each year. Since it's so easy to spread, it's important to teach your child to wash their hands with warm water and soap often, and to avoid rubbing their eyes, especially when you know there's been a case in their class recently. If your child is infected, it's extremely important to take them to their pediatrician right away, and to let the school know, too, so they (and you!) can disinfect all surfaces your little one came into contact with. And never, ever let them share eye drops or tissues!

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