Back to School Health Tips

by Lawton Brothers | Sep 05, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’re not busting out the Christmas carols just yet, but we are talking about the kids going back to school (pairs perfectly with pumpkin spice latte time). As the school year ramps up, the kids will bring home all kinds of goodies…especially germs. The classroom is a petri dish full of germs just waiting to jump on the hands of our kiddos.

Here are 5 of the best ways to keep your kids healthy as they head back to school:

1. Teach your kids about proper hand washing. How to wash their hands and when to wash their hands. Many kids (and parents too) forget to wash their hands after blowing their nose, before they eat and after they go to the bathroom. Proper hand washing is a vital component of staying well.

2. Help your child with proper hygiene etiquette. Avoid the flu and the common cold by teaching your child not to share cups, not to touch their eyes and to keep their hands to themselves.

3. Get some sleep! Sleep is important not only to physical and emotional health, it is important academically as well!  Getting the proper amount of sleep for your child’s age is a key to overall health and happiness. To calculate how much sleep your child needs for their age, check out: How many hours of sleep does my child need?

4. Don’t skip breakfast. With all the shuffling around and begging kids to get out of bead, breakfast can often be overlooked. Make sure your child eats a nutritious breakfast. Pass on the sugary cereal and bring on the bananas and Greek yogurt.

5. Get a backpack that won’t break their back. Backpacks are heavy and our kids somehow end up carrying a lot more on their backs than they should. Do your research and find a backpack that has the support and structure that they need. 

 

 

 

 

 

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