It’s back to school season and there are many things to consider to make sure your child has a successful school year, but none are as important as your child’s health. A change in schedule, anxiety, and exposure to more germs can all affect your child’s health. We’ve been having a lot fun on the blog sharing back to school crafts and school lunch ideas, but we also think it’s important to share some tips for a healthy school year.
1. Back-to-School Checkup: Just before school starts is the perfect time for your child to visit the Pediatrician for an annual checkup. In addition to an examination and immunizations, this visit will give your child a chance to talk with the physician about good health habits.
2. Sleep is an important factor in good health. It is recommended that children and teens get between 9 and 11 hours of sleep per night.
3. Remind kids to wash their hands at school, and send along some hand sanitizer for your child to use after touching communal tools, such as scissor. Also, encourage your child to cover their mouths when they cough so they don’t contribute to germ spreading.
4. Having the right backpack is important to your child’s health. Double check that the weight in your child’s backpack is evenly distributed, and make sure the straps are well padded.
5. Update emergency contact information at the school, as well as medications your child may take.
6. A healthy breakfast and lunch is very important for a healthy school year. Check the school lunch schedule, and plan to take lunch from home on those days that the school lunch option isn’t healthy enough or is something your child does not like.
7. Better your child’s health and immunity by eating a healthy diet and take vitamins, such as L’il Critters gummy vitamins.
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What are your tips for a healthy school year?
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My boys always get a checkup because they need a sports physical to try out for any teams.
These are some really great tips! Thanks for sharing!
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
My kids are all up to date and ready to go back!
excellent tips – we just bought our new backpack today, actually!
Elizabeth (Rock-A-Bye Parents) says
Great tips! I’m not ready to even think of cold season yet. I feel like we just got healthy! It’s really hard when your child is too young to understand how to be healthy.
melisssa oliver says
I love these tips… i do all except the vitiums.. never thought to ad these to back to school list
Robin Quick says
I had no idea it is recommended a teen get that much sleep per night! My 15 yr old son is a night owl and always has been. His bedtime is 10:00 p.m. on school nights, but most of the time it is more like 11 or 12 when he goes to sleep. You would think having to get up at 6:00 a.m. that it would be hard to get him up & going in the mornings . but he always gets right up, showers, gets dressed, eat breakfast & is out the door by 7:10 a.m.
These are great tips. I need to start being more strict with my teens bedtimes to make sure they get enough sleep.