There are a lot of things to love about sending kids back to school in the fall, but cold and flu season isn’t one of them. It seems inevitable that within the first three weeks of school, half of kids in a class will come down with something. How can you help keep your kids healthy with the change of routine and season? Here are four tips to promote tip-top health!
Get Plenty of Sleep
The number one culprit when it comes to kids getting sick is not getting enough rest. Too little sleep can wreak havoc on the immune system, and make it harder for kids to fight off the different germs and viruses they’re bound to come in contact with at school. Implement a regular bedtime that ensures your kids are getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Plenty of rest will keep their immune system firing on all cylinders.
Wash Hands Frequently
Whether in music class or on the playground, germs are everywhere. Children often don’t realize the importance of washing hands to prevent the spreading of germs. Instill the habit of regular and thorough handwashing after using the restroom, before eating, after playing outside, and at regular intervals throughout the day. Also consider sending kids to school with hand sanitizer they can use easily even when they can’t get away to the bathroom.
Eat a Hearty Breakfast
Once your kids are out the door for the day, you don’t have much control over what they’re going to eat. Even if you’re packing them a lunch, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to eat those carrot sticks you tucked into their lunch box. Take advantage of breakfast as a time to make sure your children are getting a nutritious and well balanced meal. Eating a hearty breakfast will help them perform their best at school and will keep the body in tip-top condition.
The transition from summer to fall can land kids spending almost all of their waking hours indoors. From the classroom to doing homework to chatting on the computer, it’s easy for students to miss opportunities to get outside for exercise and fresh air. Consider enrolling your kids in a fall sports league for soccer or football or even just kicking them out of the house for half an hour after school to get some fresh air and run around.
What to do when they do get sick?
Kids can go from feeling great one minute, to having a nasty cold the next. When this happens, an urgent care center is often the quickest and easiest way to get them back on the road to recovery. Since you don’t need an appointment, urgent care centers are a great option to get treatment for injuries and ailments that come out of nowhere.
Make sure you know where your nearest urgent care center is for easy access. If you’ve never been to urgent care, or aren’t sure where to go in your area, check out reviews online before choosing a convenient location to ensure that you receive high quality service and medical attention.