Children's Health
Heading Back to School: How to Keep Your Child Healthy
Sep 8, 2017 - 3:56:32 PM

( - While your kids may not be happy about heading back to school, you’re likely rejoicing because it gets them back into a routine. However, while your child is spending his or her days around other children, it’s very important you do what you can to keep them healthy and away from germs that can quickly spread around the classroom. Use these tips to help keep your child healthy before heading back to school.

Get them vaccinated.

There are certain diseases and illnesses that have vaccines available, and having your child vaccinated for these illnesses can help your child avoid things like the chicken pox. Talk with your child’s pediatrician about the right schedule for your child and his/her vaccinations. Some of these are only needed once while others need more than one booster shot, so having the right schedule can ensure your child stays healthy.

Visit the dentist.

Your child’s oral health is just as important as their physical well-being, so be sure you get your child to the dentist before school starts. According to Dr. Zhou in Ellicott City, MD, “Recently, scientists have begun to unravel the complex relationship between our mouths and the rest of our bodies. They've found that the condition of our teeth and gums directly correlates to our cardiovascular, respiratory, and even immune health.By having your child’s teeth checked and addressing any issues they may have, you can improve their overall health and keep them good while at school.

Opt for healthy snacks and lunches.

When packing your child’s snacks and lunches for school, be sure to include foods that are healthy. Be sure your child has more fruits and vegetables than sugary snacks, as this is not only more beneficial for their overall health, but can also help them stay alert and focused throughout the school day. Giving them one sugary snack as a treat is fine, but be sure the majority of your child’s lunch has foods that are good for you.

Discuss the sharing.

While your child needs to play well with others and share toys, books, and other items, you need to make sure they are not sharing food or water bottles with other students, as this is an easy way to spread diseases. Talk with your child about the items that are okay to share and those that aren’t. Although you cannot control what they’ll do while they’re at school, informing them about what is not okay to share can help them from becoming sick.

Teach the importance of hand washing.

Your child is going to touch a lot of things during the day, so make sure they know the importance of washing their hands regularly, especially before they eat. You should also give your child a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep with them and use throughout the day to keep germs at bay. Also, once your child comes home from school, make sure that he or she washes their hands as well.

Be mindful of others.

There will come a time when your child is at school with a small cold, so teach them to be mindful of others. Let your child know to use a tissue or cover their mouth whenever the need to sneeze or cough. This can help the germs from spreading throughout the classroom and making other people sick as well.

Let them play.

Regular exercise is essential to your child’s health, so make sure they are playing while at school. Let them have fun while at recess or while at gym class to help them move their bodies. They should also get plenty of play time after school is over, so let them run around or sign them up for some afterschool activities.

Give mental breaks.

Mental health is just as important as physical health, so be sure your child is receiving the mental breaks he or she needs. For instance, if your child is feeling anxious about something at school or simply needs to talk with someone, be sure they get what they need. The last thing you want is for your child to be stressed due to school.

Get plenty of sleep.

Your child’s schedule is going to be busy with the school year, so be sure your child is getting plenty of sleep. Have a set bed time that gets your child at least eight hours of sleep every night, and be sure your child unwinds before bed with some quiet time.

As your child heads back to school, use these tips to ensure they have a healthy year as well as a successful one.


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