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Back to School Wellness

After a long summer break, it is important for your kids to kick off the new school year with a happy and healthy start. Here are a few simple tips on how you can practice back-to-school wellness:

  • Keep vaccinations up-to-date: Make sure your children are up-to-date on their vaccinations and health physicals before sending them off to school this year. If your child has special medical needs, you should make sure to inform the school so that they are aware and prepared.
  • Teach your kids proper hygiene: When kids are in school, germs are unavoidable. If even one child comes down with a cold, it won’t be long before it spreads to the rest of the class. Teach your kids how and when to wash their hands in order to keep germs at bay.
  • Check your child’s backpack: One thing that most parents don’t think to do is check their child’s backpack to see if it’s too heavy. Overloaded backpacks can cause serious back pain or strain-related injuries, so you should choose a backpack with padded straps and a padded back.
  • Pack a healthy lunch: Whether you pack a lunch for your child every day or they eat at school, you should stress the importance of making healthy food choices. Ideally, a child’s diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and limited amounts of sugar.
  • Make bedtime a priority: It is important to make sure that your children are getting enough sleep each night. Not only will this help them to concentrate in school, but it will give them the energy they need to maintain and active and healthy lifestyle throughout the day.

There are countless other ways that you can set your kids up for success this school year. The most important thing is that you continue to teach and reinforce healthy and positive habits.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.