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Back to School Health Preparedness Tips

Back to School Health Preparedness

The end of summer break is around the corner, and with it, a new school year approaches! Here are some health preparedness tips to get you ready for the season.

Back to School Health Preparedness

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for kids and parents alike. However, it can also be a time of increased exposure to illnesses, especially for younger children. John Hopkins Medicine estimates that elementary school children contract six to eight colds each school year, especially during the post-summer months. Our back-to-school health preparedness tips can help ensure a smooth start!

A+ Tips for Parents

  1. Get a checkup: Checkups are a great opportunity to discuss your child’s overall health with your doctor, including any concerns you may have. It is also a good time to make sure your child is up to date on their immunizations.
  2. Make sure your child is eating healthily: A nutritious diet will help your child stay energized and focused throughout the school day. Pack lunches with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and a healthy snack for recess. Don’t forget to encourage hydration!
  3. Get enough sleep: Younger children require roughly 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Helping your child go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on weekends, will help establish a healthy sleep schedule.
  4. Encourage regular exercise: Exercise is important for both physical and mental health. It can help improve your child’s mood, concentration, and sleep quality. Aim for at least 60 minutes of physical activity or play each day.
  5. Practice good hygiene: Good hygiene habits can help prevent the spread of germs and keep your child healthy. This includes washing their hands often, brushing their teeth twice a day, and even getting regular haircuts. 

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Additional Health Tips

  • Make sure your child gets the flu shot before the school year begins.
  • Talk to your doctor about any allergies or medical conditions your child may have and take steps for preparedness.
  • Pack a first-aid kit in your child’s backpack and teach them how to use it if necessary.
  • Remind your child to stay hydrated throughout the day. Packing a refillable bottle can be especially helpful.
  • Encourage your child to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, and after touching sharable objects. 
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses.
  • If your child is sick, keep them home from school.

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