Five ExperCARE Health Tips for Getting Ready for Back to School
As we approach the back-to-school season, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that both you and your child are ready for the new school year. Aside from purchasing school supplies and uniforms, it’s important to focus on your health in preparation for the busy months ahead. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 health tips for getting ready for back-to-school season.
1. Get up-to-date on Vaccinations and Sports Physicals
It’s important to make sure that your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date before beginning the new school year. Many schools require certain vaccinations, and some vaccines may take several weeks to take effect, so it is best to schedule any necessary appointments with your healthcare provider well in advance.
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2. Establish a Sleep Schedule
As the summer months come to a close and the school year begins, it is important to establish a sleep schedule for your child. This will ensure that they are well-rested and alert during school hours. Below is the most recent recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Ages 3-5 years: 10-13 hours (including naps)
- Age 6-12 years: 9-12 hours
- Age 13-18 years: 8-10 hours
3. Prepare Healthy Meals
Preparing healthy meals for your child is an important aspect of ensuring their overall health and wellbeing. Make sure that their meals consist of a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. It’s also important to pack healthy school lunches and snacks to ensure that they are getting the nutrients they need throughout the day.
4. Encourage Physical Activity
Physical activity is essential for maintaining good health, and it can also improve academic performance. Encourage your child to engage in physical activities that they enjoy, such as swimming, biking, or dancing. Additionally, make sure that they have access to after-school activities that promote physical activity, such as sports teams or dance classes.
5. Prepare for Emergencies
It’s important to have a plan in place in case of emergencies, such as injuries or illnesses that occur during the school day. Make sure that you have updated emergency contact information on file with your child’s school, and that your child knows how to contact you in case of an emergency. Additionally, it’s important to have a well-stocked first aid kit at home in case of minor injuries or illnesses.
By following these top health tips, both you and your child will be well-prepared for the upcoming school year. Remember, making your health and wellbeing a top priority will set the foundation for a successful school year.