Whenever the countdown begins; parents and kids alike feel pressure to get ready for school. There are school supplies to be bought, first day outfits to be chosen and anxieties to be calmed. But that’s not the end of the list. A great start to the school also means the healthiest start possible. Here are a few health-related tips to keep in mind.
It is best if the immunizations are up to date, so that the child need not suffer from pain and fever related to some injections during school days.
Hearing and Vision Test:
Even the slightest suspicion makes these tests very important. Impaired vision or hearing can adversely affect learning, and young children often don’t know or can’t articulate that they are not able to see or hear properly.
Special Health Concerns:
If your child needs a health and/or an emergency care plan at school, this should be discussed, and agreed with the school before the academic year begins.
Ease Back Into Sleep:
For most parents and their kids, going back to school also means early bedtimes. So start gradually, even 5-10 minutes earlier each night-a few weeks before school –can help a great deal.
Good Fuel for a Healthy Body:
Children need good nutrition, 10 or 11 hours of sleep a night, and an hour of exercise every day. A multivitamin isn’t a bad idea. Mental health is important too. Children need a routine to keep from falling behind, but over scheduling can lead to stress anxiety or even depression.
Reduce First-Day Anxiety:
Many kids, especially those starting school (or those switching schools), experience some anxiety about the first day. Parents can help ease this by talking with the child about what to expect, choosing a special outfit to wear, and packing lunch and the backpack with all necessary supplies the evening before.
Everybody loves shopping; finish all stationary, school uniform, shoes shopping way before hand. This prevents last minute stress and the children will be in better mood to go to school with their brand new items.
Parents should also make sure that emergency phone numbers on file at school are up-to-date, and that the school nurse or your child’s teacher has the necessary instructions for any condition that your child might need special care for (asthma, allergies, etc.)