As summer nears its end and you check off the final items on the back to school list, you may be worrying about keeping your child healthy while they are away from home. So before you buy out your closest department store’s stock of hand sanitizer, stick a few of these health tips in your back pocket before you send your little one off to school this year.
It’s never too early to teach your children about proper handwashing. Because they are at school and have the potential to spread and be exposed to more germs, it’s more important than ever that they learn how to wash their hands the correct way. This will not only help to keep them from being sick but will help keep their classmates’ health in tip-top shape. You should remind them that they should not only wash their hands after going to the bathroom, but after blowing their nose and before eating. This is a great way to teach your children the best way to wash hands in a fun way.
The strongest immune system is supported by an adequate amount of sleep. Before school starts, you should be sure to get your child on a similar schedule that they will have at school. This means going to bed at the same time each night with no electronics at least an hour before bed.
Start planning out some healthy dinner items and lunches that you can pack for your child. Good nutrition doesn’t just happen. It takes planning. Cut up fruits and veggies into fun shapes for an after-school snack. Get your child involved and excited about what they would like to have for their lunches. Your immune system and brain are stronger with proper nutrition.
We teach our children how to be kind to others by sharing with their peers. Yet, we need to remember to teach them that there are appropriate times to share and not share. While they bring those great lunches you’ve prepared for school, their friends may want to try some as well! Of course, you don’t want to encourage your child to say no to all sharing, but reminding them that drink and snack containers are only for their mouths will help eliminate the unnecessary spread of germs.
After the Bell
Often, when kids come home from school, they drop their backpacks on the kitchen table and throw off their coats wherever they see a landing. These items can collect germs throughout their day, so teaching your child to leave their bags at the entrance of the door will help to prevent the spread of germs into your home.
Back to school time is bittersweet, but with these tips, all parents can live worry-free! We wish your children a great school year!