Summer is over! It always feels like it goes way too fast. This time of year, parents are required to switch gears from family vacations and pool parties to school-supply shopping and parent-teacher meetings.
But another thing that comes with the start of school is illness. As any parent knows, once their kids start school, they can get sick pretty easily. In fact, they can make the whole family sick! But there are some things you can do to keep your kids healthy during the school year. Here are 8 tips for keeping your kids healthy this school year:
Get plenty of sleep
There are very clear guidelines for how much sleep children should get. The body grows and rejuvenates itself during sleep, so it’s important to make sure your child has a set bedtime so they get the shut eye they need.
Make them healthy breakfasts and dinners
Everyone knows that good nutrition also helps children grow and stay healthy. While it’s easy to skip breakfast (or give them a pop tart) and give them fast food for dinner, there are negative consequences to their health later in life.
Make their lunches healthy too
While most kids probably want to get Cheetos and Oreos in their lunch, you should make some healthier choices for them. And sadly, many school lunches aren’t very healthy either. So pack them a lunch and include all the food groups. Above all, stay away from junk food whenever possible.
Germs can spread easily – especially when kids are constantly around one another. Teach your kids the importance of washing their hands as often as possible to prevent this from happening.
Keep hands away from face, nose, and mouth
Many people don’t realize how dirty hands can lead to illnesses. If they don’t wash their hands regularly and touch their face, nose, or mouth with their hands, they can get sick much more easily that way.
Monitor the weight of their backpack
If you’ve ever felt your child’s backpack, you know that it is usually too heavy for them. Educate yourself about the guidelines that should be followed so that their back is not negatively affected.
Supplement with a multi-vitamin
If you feel like you’re not giving your child enough nutrition, then you always have the option of giving them a children’s multi-vitamin. But as always, check with their doctor before you do so.
Have them get plenty of exercise
With all the technological distractions kids have these days, it’s sometimes easy to forget to remind them to move their body around. But you can get creative with something like doing the hoola hoop. That way, they will not even realize that they are exercising.
Going back to school is an exciting time, and there are so many things to think about besides school supplies and who their homeroom teacher is. Your kids’ health should be your primary concern, and these tips can help keep them away from the school nurse.