Getting kids ready to start the school year involves more than buying school supplies and shopping for new clothes. There are many things you can do to help ensure your kids are prepared for a healthy and productive school year.
The following three tips are a great start for back to school prep help.
You, your partner, and your children should all get vaccinated as early as possible in the school year. Talk to your children’s health care provider and your doctor to find out which ones are recommended. Consider getting the flu vaccine, too.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.
Kids don’t always listen when parents tell them to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, or when they come inside from playing. But it’s a message worth repeating — hand washing is by far the best way to prevent germs from spreading and to keep kids from getting sick and from bringing germs home.
You should also instruct them not to share food or drinks with other kids, as this is another easy way germs are transferred.
It’s essential for kids (and adults!) to get a healthy amount of sleep each night to stay focused throughout the day. Although sleep requirements vary somewhat among individuals, most adults need about eight hours of sleep each night, and children and adolescents typically need more than eight hours.
To get your kids ready to wake up earlier for school, consider making their bedtimes a little earlier each night for a week or two before school starts. Sticking to a routine is important too, so try to not let weekends become late-night free-for-alls.
Following these easy tips along with other common sense approaches will help your children enjoy a safe and healthy school year. If you have any questions about pain management for your children and this school year or other back to school prep help, click here to schedule an appointment with the experts at Alliance Spine and Pain.