As children head back to school parents have tons of things on their minds such as school supplies, schedules and uniforms. One other thing that parents should be concerned with is their child’s health during this time.
When children are in school they are exposed to many more germs than if they are just at home. The germs they are exposed to can come from the other teachers as well as their classmates. There are some things that parents can do during the school season to help keep their children healthy.
Be sure that your child is up to date on all immunizations that are required for your child to attend school. You can check with your doctor or pediatrician to ensure that they are up to date.
Ensuring your child eats breakfast every morning is one way to help your child’s overall health. Children that eat breakfast are generally more alert in a classroom. This can also help your child learn healthy eating habits.
Now is a great time to have your child’s vision checked. It is recommended that you have your child’s vision checked once a year and now is a good time to remember to have it done.
It is also a great time to have your child’s hearing screened to ensure that they have no hearing problems. Children that often listen to a television loudly might have some type of hearing damage and you want to be sure if this is the case with your child.
5. Flu shots
If your child has not received a flu vaccine this year it is a good idea to have this done before they go back to school.
6. Hand washing
Teach your child to wash their hands regularly. Especially every time they go to the bathroom and before they eat. Children touch a lot of surfaces that other children have touched while at school. Hand washing is one way to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
7. Hand sanitizer
Get a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer for your child to keep in their backpack. This is something they can use when they are not allowed to go to an area where they can wash their hands. Remember to check with your child’s school to ensure that this is allowed.
Children that do not get enough sleep at night have a hard time staying awake and paying attention in class. Ensure that you child goes to bed early enough each night to get a full night’s sleep.
These are 8 tips that you can use to help keep your child healthy as they go back to school. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a list of tips for back to school that you can find at http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/augschool.cfm.