Keeping Them Healthy During the School Year.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Keeping Them Healthy During the School Year.
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Mon, 09-12-2011 - 9:06pm

School is many things -- a place where kids learn and grow cognitively, develop social skills, and become in independent individuals. It can also, alas, be a place where they pick up germs and illnesses, and bring them home.

At school, children spend a lot of time in classrooms, where they can easily transfer infections to one another. But by teaching kids some important healthy habits, parents can help make school and health a priority during the school year. Here are some great tips on how to stay healthy in school.

1. Teach your child about proper hand washing.
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Hand washing is one of the most important ways we can prevent the spread of illness in the classroom and elsewhere. By teaching your child how to wash her hands properly -- and to especially wash after blowing her nose and using the bathroom and before eating -- you can help your child reduce the risk of getting sick, and help her from infecting others if she catches an infection or illness.

2. Boost your family's immune system health.
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Keeping your child's immune system strong is an important way to stay healthy and ward off illness during the school year. With these helpful tips, you can help reduce your child's rrisk of getting colds, flu, and other infections.

3. Teach your child the 5 healthy habits to prevent cold and flu.
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Does your child know the important healthy habits to prevent colds, flu, and other infections? Healthy habits such as remembering not to keep touching their eyes or refraining from sharing cups and utensils with friends will be important school health habits.

4. Set good sleep habits in your child.
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Making sure your child gets enough sleep is a crucial part of keeping your child healthy. Sleep is important not only for a child's physical and emotional health, but can play an important role in how well she does in school.

5. Help ease back-to-school anxiety.
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Whether your child is starting school for the first time or going back to school after a summer break, she may experience back-to-school anxiety. This common and normal type of stress can be eased with some simple strategies to help kids handle the transition to school.

6. Give your child a brain-boosting healthy breakfast.
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Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day when it comes to schoolkids. A balanced breakfast of lowfat protein and complex carbohydrates has been shown to be important for brain function as well as for maintaing a steady level of energy throughout the day.

7. Make kids’ school lunch boxes fun.
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Make lunches more fun and enticing with these ideas for yummy main dishes and sides dressed up in colorful combinations and shapes. There's even a suggestion for a healthy Asian bento lunch box!

8. Jazz up healthy combos in the school lunchbox.
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Add a little flair and flavor to your child's school lunches with these ideas for healthy lunches. With these tips and tricks, your child just may eat his veggies!

9. Give your child healthy after-school snacks.
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Kids are often ravenous after school. But you don't have to sacrifice good nutrition for convenience with these ideas for quick, easy, and healthy after-school snacks

10. Choose the Right School Backpacks to Prevent Back Pain
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School backpacks are heavier than ever, and using the wrong type of backpack and wearing it incorrectly can lead to back pain in kids. Make sure you prevent back problems in your child by following these guidelines for choosing and using backpacks correctly.

http://childparenting.about.com/od/healthsafety/tp/School-And-Health.htm

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 2:28pm
Great tips, Dana! Thanks for sharing them. I always worry when the boys go back to school because it seems like we all get sick within a few weeks. Thankfully, we've been healthy so far this year (knock on wood!).

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 2:32pm

That's great that you boys are staying well so far this school year, Kristy.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-08-2008
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 2:44pm
Regular bedtimes are a must in our house. My kids thrive when they have a regular routine and I know how much they need their sleep. I often feel bad when they have to come inside and their friends are still playing, but it is one area I think is super important so I don't budge much on bedtime.

We also eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies. They get at least one serving of each in their lunchbox. They both eat a big healthy breakfast before leaving each morning too.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 09-14-2011 - 2:46pm
Well it sounds like you are doing something right.