21
Sep

Back to School Healthy Tips

Getting your kids ready to start the school year involves more than finding the perfect backpack, buying school supplies, and shopping for new clothes. It means safeguarding their health so they’ll be physically ready for the challenges of heading back to school.

Consider these tips for a healthy start for your child’s new school year:

Bedtime

For kids, a healthy sleeping habit is preferable. They need to get the right amount of sleep to stay focused with their classes throughout the day. While adults need about eight hours of sleep each night, children and adolescents typically need more than eight hours. Your kids need to wake up early every morning.

Practice Good Hygiene

To avoid getting sick, a good hygiene must be observed. As a parent, it’s your duty to set a good example. You can teach them how to wash their hands after using the restroom and before going to lunch or eating a snack. Simple soap and water is best, but hand sanitizers will do when soap and water aren’t available. Remind your children to always cough or sneeze into the crooks of their elbows or into their sleeves. Nails should be trimmed regularly.

The most common contagious infections in a school environment are common cold, influenza, diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, chicken pox and measles. Reducing the spread of infection among school children is also the responsibility of parents. Refrain sending them sick to school for as long as recommended by your health care provider.

Healthy Diet

Perhaps this is the most important tip for parents. . This includes breakfast. Students who eat breakfast are more alert during class than those who don’t. Plus, the right foods combined with adequate rest will help their bodies fight off infections.

Always allot time to prepare your kid’s lunch box. You can stock up on healthy food such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread and just cook the easy ones every morning. Presentation is everything. Make their lunch boxes creative to entice them to eat those fruits and veggies.

Be aware of allergens

A new school year coincides with a new allergy season. Children who suffer from allergies get a triple whammy in school where dust mites, mold, and other allergens may flourish in the classroom.

For some kids, it means a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes. For others, these allergens can trigger asthma or lead indirectly to sinus infections.

Also, eating in the cafeteria can present a number of problems for those suffering with food allergies. Discuss any allergy concerns with your child’s school nurse as soon as possible at the start of the school year.

Manage Stress

This may be stressful for both kids and parents. However, you need to avoid stress that can lead to other illnesses. Talk to your children and let them open up to you about their problems. You should take the time to relax, play, and spend time as family.

Inspect the School’s Environment

Don’t just look inside the school. Look the other food establishments outside the school which includes vending machines, stores, and other snack carts. They should meet the nutrition standards for healthy consumption.

Reinstate routines

It’s also time for them to cut back on playing computer games and watching television. Help your child with this transition by encouraging reading or playing quiet games an hour before going to bed.

Find entertaining programs, including videos that help explain the news to kids, or read thought-provoking articles about parenting and the latest education news.

Healthline Newsletter

Ugonna Ukoh

 




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