Tips for a Healthy School Year

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by carepro

The busy weeks before the first day of school are upon us and the CarePro team wants to make sure your family is prepared for a healthy school year! Many parents are squishing in a quick visit to the doctor for their children between shopping for school supplies and clothes. All while also trying to soak up the last few weeks of summer. However, pediatricians say there’s more to getting your children ready for school than just filling out medical forms and making sure they are up to date on their shots.

  1. Get enough sleep: The most important school health topic is making sure kids are getting enough sleep – 10-11 hours a night for elementary school-age children. Start gradually shifting their schedules a few weeks before school starts to help your kids adjust to a new bedtime routine.
  2. Test eyes and ears: You can’t expect your children to learn if they aren’t able to see what the teacher is writing on the board or hear what they are saying. So have your pediatrician screen for vision and hearing problems during your child’s back-to-school checkup. Remember: you can’t assume your child has 20/20 vision just because they don’t complain about not being able to see; it might be something that they don’t realize.
  3. Lunchtime: You might be planning healthy, well-balanced lunches to pack in your children’s shiny new lunchbox, but don’t be surprised if that turkey sandwich and carrots come home untouched. Eating under tight time constraints and in new surroundings can often make children’s appetites vanish.
  4. Bathroom break: Adjusting to life in the classroom can be overwhelming for children who are embarrassed to ask to use the restroom, and there is nothing more humiliating than an “accident” in front of your classmates. To help your children avoid any problems, have a talk with them before school starts about the bathroom rules (taking scheduled brakes, and raising their hand for permission to use the restroom).
  5. Scrub-a-dub-dub: The first day of school brings new friends, new activities, and a BUNCH of new germs. That is why it is important to teach your children good hand-washing habits.
  6. Calling in sick: Although, no matter how much you emphasize personal hygiene, your children are bound to get sick during the school year. If you’re not home during the day, it should be part of your battle plan to have a reliable backup to watch your children for unexpected sick days.
  7. Stay safe: When your children are at school they are out of your watchful eye for an extended length of time. If your children are walking to school, go over the route together and the possible hazards to look out for. Don’t let young children walk to school alone! In carpools, seat belts should be a given, but remember to check out other safety standards ahead of time.
  8. Get moving: Your children are used to spending the summer being outdoors and blowing off a lot of energy throughout the day! But once they go back to school, they will be spending most of their time sitting at a desk. Plan weekly bike rides and nature walks that your whole family can benefit from the exercise.

Take a look at your children’s overall health routines and start getting them physically ready for the challenges they might meet in the upcoming year. For any of your children’s health needs throughout the year visit your local CarePro Health Services location.

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