The signs of summer ending and school beginning are everywhere, especially in stores. Bathing suits, flip flops, and beach chairs are being replaced with book bags and school supplies.
For many students, the first day of a new school year is just days away. Although the idea of meeting a new teacher, watching Friday night football games, and catching up with last year’s classmates can be exciting, kids often have a difficult time making the back-to-school transition.
Resetting morning alarm clocks, earlier bed times, nightly homework assignments, exams, and science projects may not be making your students jump for joy. Parents on the other hand, maybe over the moon in excitement of getting their kid’s daily routines back to some level of normalcy.
Back-to-School Health & Safety Tips
One concern parents typically have as their children prepare for a new school year, is that of keeping them healthy and safe while away from their care most hours of the day.
Ease your concerns by starting some mindful daily practices a few weeks prior to the first day of school. In addition, you can help keep your kids in the classroom and out of the doctor’s office with a few helpful health and safety tips:
- Get enough sleep- time for late summer bedtimes to come to an end. Revisit their school year bedtimes so that they’ll be well-rested and ready for the early mornings.
- Eat a nutritional breakfast- breakfast is the most skipped meal of the day. Kids need to have a nutritional breakfast to have enough energy to make it through the day. Make sure they leave enough time to sit at the table each morning to finish a nutritious breakfast.
- Avoid neck and back injuries from heavy backpacks- if your child can’t stand upright while walking with their backpack, it’s too heavy. Thought it may look “uncool”, encourage them to use both straps to help evenly distribute the weight across their back.
- Keep their vaccinations up-to-date- whooping cough has been a heightened problem in the U.S. this year and one way to help prevent serious illness is to keep up with their recommended vaccination schedule.
- Keep them hydrated and equipped with healthy snacks- there are still plenty of warm weather weeks ahead. Make sure they have a water bottle in their backpack each day and some nutritious snacks to keep them fueled throughout the day.
If your child has food or medication allergies, or is living with other underlying medical conditions; it’s critical to keep their MedicAlert emergency health record up-to-date at all times, and on file with the school nurse.
If an emergency occurs while at school, their personalized ID will link first responders immediately to their emergency health record. Back-to-school is the perfect time to update health information to ensure medical errors with your child are avoided during an emergency.