Don’t forget to check out our previous blog on back to school health tips.

Kids Health Tips: Preventative

Stress, pink eye, lice and strep throat are usually a part of childhood. Here are some preventative measures you can take.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against jumbo backpacks — never more than 20% of the child’s body weight (those books can add up). Some children even prefer a rolling backpack like the wheeled suitcase. Make sure the backpack has wide straps and a padded back.

 

Parents must also be sure the child has sufficient sleep, usually eight hours for a growing child and even more for a teen. And the child should go off with a good breakfast. Sometimes kids can eat at school, too, but nutrition helps the child to focus and concentrate.

 

The San Francisco center for disease protection recommends some healthy habits to prevent germs and infectious diseases from spreading.

Handle & Prepare Food Safely. Wash hands, utensils, and surfaces often when preparing any food, especially raw meat. Always wash fruits and vegetables. Cook and keep foods at proper temperatures. Don’t leave food out – refrigerate promptly.

Wash Hands Often

 

Clean & Disinfect Commonly Used Surfaces

 

Cough & Sneeze Into Your Sleeve

 

Don’t Share Personal Items that can’t be disinfected, like toothbrushes and razors, or sharing towels between washes.

Kids Health Tips: Get Vaccinated

You should get some vaccinations in childhood, some as an adult, and some for special situations like pregnancy and travel. Make sure you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations. It is important to know what the laws are in your state. I have a friend who did not vaccinate her child in New Hampshire. Her child was allowed to enter school because she objected to vaccinations for religious reasons.

 

Avoid Touching Wild Animals

Stay Home When Sick

Easy Access: Enter insurance id/group #, pediatrician info into cell phone/address book. Both always needed when filling out school forms and after school activities. Have them where you can find easily and effortlessly.

Kids Health Tips: ICE

Make sure the school has emergency contacts if you cannot be reached. Make sure the school also has a copy of health insurance information, doctors’ names and numbers, and any allergies and medications taken regularly.

Keep this information if you carry a planner or smartphone. ICE is an acronym that is used for people to locate information. Keep a copy somewhere in your home if someone else needs to access, such as your command center or the refrigerator.

You will want to update at the beginning of the school year or wherever there is a change.

 

Take away both of the health tip blogs:

  • When planning the school year, plan your child’s exams: vision, wellness, dental and sports.
  • Develop healthy habits to prevent germs and infectious diseases from spreading.
  • Make sure the school has a copy of health insurance information, doctors’ names and numbers, and any allergies and medications taken regularly.

 

What preventative health tips will you use today? Will you create an ICE form?

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