Back-to-School Health Tips

Summer is over and it’s time for kids to go back to school. As parents rush to gather school supplies, setup a routine, and get the coveted first-day-of-school photo, you should also remember a few health tips. When kids go back to school, they are exposed to plenty of new germs and can get sick more often. However, you can keep your children healthy and happy as they start their new adventure with these tips:

Get Vaccinated

Vaccines can guard your child and any younger siblings safe from life-threatening diseases. Many school districts require children to be up-to-date on certain vaccinations before they can attend classes. However, if your school doesn’t, it’s still a good idea to visit the pediatrician and get those shots. And it’s not just your kids who need them.

If you ensure that your whole family is vaccinated, you will all be better protected. Take a family trip to the pharmacy to get your flu shot and other important vaccines to stay healthier all year round.

Choose a Backpack

While your kid may choose a backpack based on the colors or characters on it, there’s much more to consider than that. A bad backpack can set your child up for spine problems in the future. Choose a backpack that has wide, padded shoulder pads for support. A padded back can also provide protection to keep your kid healthy and strong.

Get Healthy Sleep

If your children don’t get adequate sleep, their immune systems could suffer. While this is true both in the summer and during school, early waking times during the school year make inadequate sleep more likely when classes begin. Establish a good night time routine that starts early enough to get them to bed on time. A good night’s sleep can help your child night only stay healthy, but also learn more.

Check Their Eyes

Eye health is often forgotten when people think about health in general. However, a comprehensive eye exam is important. Start the school year out right with an updated prescription for your little one. This will make school easier without the squinting, too!

Give your kid a leg up by keeping him or her healthy. These tips can help!

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