7 Back-to-School Health Tips Every Parent Must Know
Summer break is over.
Kids are super busy buying the perfect backpack, school supplies and new clothes. However, us parents are certainly concerned about more serious things than cool supplies and gadgets. Preserving our children’s health when we’re not around to protect them is a serious topic, so here are some back-to-school health tips that I summarised for you to help have a healthy school year for your children:
- Good hygiene is the most important tip to start with. We should insist on hand washing each time the child wants to use the toilet (before and after, and before having a meal. Also, explain to your child that sharing food or drink will spread germs, which will make them get sick.
- Summer vacations are considered to be a late-night-free for all. So two weeks before the school starts, make bedtime a little earlier each night, and stick to a sleep routine. Children and adolescents need more than 8 hours of sleep for better focus throughout the day .
- An annual medical checkup is very important. Make sure that they get all vaccinations required for their age, the flu shot (if they have no allergy or any medical complications from the flu vaccine), and a vision screening test that has to be done every year cause sometimes having a poor vision can go unnoticed.
- Good nutrition means a healthy child. Choosing the right food will boost the immune system to help their bodies fight infections. A student’s lunch box lunch has to contain a variety of nutritious food types: fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, and lean protein like turkey. Do not forget that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. Studies have shown that students who eat breakfast versus who don’t are more alert during class.
- Going back to school can be so stressful for kids and parents, and too much stress leads to serious health issues like insomnia and immune system disturbances. This is why we should help our kids to talk about what’s bothering them. Do not put a lot of pressure on them about high degrees’ expectations, and instead, help them manage their time effectively.
- Encourage your child to pick up a hobby, be it a physical sport or empowering a talent they have (writing, playing music, etc). This will help them build a social circle, and boost their self-esteem, mental and physical health. However, if your kid’s schedule is full this year with studying and school projects don’t push them to do after school activities. Your children need to also rest.
- The perfect backpack shouldn’t only be cool with a beautiful design. It should be safe for the child’s neck, back and shoulders. Make sure to choose a school backpack with padded shoulders and back, and insist that your child will use both shoulder straps to carry it. Studies have shown that a healthy school backpack should always be light and should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the child’s body weight. A rolling backpack could be a good choice but it still must be carried up the stairs.
I hope that these back-to-school health tips are helpful for you and your child during this new school year. If you have any questions regarding family healthcare, please drop me a comment and I’ll be more than glad to answer them.
Until next week!