Back to school season is an exciting time for children of all ages, from preschool through college, as they head into a new academic year full of new experiences, lots of learning, and time with new and old friends. Unfortunately, back to school time can also mean germ and sick season for your home. As you prepare your children for the start of school, you can also ensure a healthy transition back to school, so they’re physically ready for the challenges ahead, by considering these tips provided by Dr. Jeffrey Sterling, author of 72 Hours Life, for a healthy start to your child’s new school year.
- Wash Hands: It may seem obvious, but the most effective way to avoid spreading and catching germs is hand washing. For little ones, encourage them to make sure they’ve spent enough time on this essential task by singing the alphabet song as they wash the front and back of their hands and in-between fingers.
- Immunization: Make sure your children are up to date. Every state requires certain vaccinations at different grade levels, so check with your physician before the start of the new school year.
- Check-ups: An annual physical exam will ensure your child is in good health before the start of the new school year. You’ll also want to schedule an eye exam to ensure they can see well and a hearing test, if necessary.
- Proper Nutrition: Providing healthy meal options for your children, including breakfast, helps students to be more alert. The right food combinations, as well as the right amount of rest, will help their bodies fight off infection.