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Healthy Back-to-School Tips for Kids and Parents

Whether going back-to-school in person or remotely these are healthy habits we all need to learn.

Hygiene

Teach and model good hygiene practices for your children. They need to wash their hands after going to the bathroom, blowing their nose, before eating, and after being in public places. They should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, the length of singing “Happy Birthday”. 

Annual Check Ups/ Vaccines

Make sure your child has their annual check-up. The doctor will make sure that your child is progressing like other children the same age and make sure all of their vaccines are up to date. Vaccines protect against some of the oldest, most dreaded infectious diseases and viruses of childhood. They were developed through intense research efforts around the globe. Most states have a vaccine schedule posted on their health department website.

Healthy Meals

Make sure your child starts the day off with a well balanced meal. Going to school hungry will distract your child and keep them from focusing on their classwork. If the school has a snack time make sure it is a healthy snack and not just junk food. There’s just something about a day at school that makes kids hungry. They will most likely come running in the house looking for a snack. Having healthy snacks around is very important.

Routine

Studies have shown a correlation between hours of sleep and students’ ability to focus in school. The best way to get your child on a school sleep schedule after the summer is to start gradually and create a routine. If your child is between 7 to 12 years old, they need 10 to 11 hours of sleep. Preteens and teens need 8 to 9 hours. Also gradually start cutting back on screen time before school starts.

Stay Active

Being involved in sports is a chance to learn about teamwork, goal setting, and self-esteem. Being active also helps with focus and behavior in class.

Stay Hydrated

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Water helps prevent fatigue, improve mood, aid digestion, and enhance brain function.

Head Lice Prevention

Teach your children not to share hats, hair ribbons and ties, combs, brushes, scarves and other attire at school. Sharing these items can spread head lice or increase their chances of contracting the pests.

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To help protect your child and others against infections, teach them not to share personal items like chapstick, drinks, eating utensils or drinking glasses. Teach them to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze; to blow their noses into tissue; and then to wash their hands.

At MD365®, we believe in giving families the support they need to live healthy lives. We provide a wide array of healthcare services for your family. Our primary care doctors are dedicated to providing annual exams and giving your children the vaccinations they need to stay healthy as they grow and develop.

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