It’s the time of year again, when kids go back to school. It’s important to get your child ready for school and healthy. Whether your kids are in the first grade, middle school or off to their first year of college. There are some very important tips that can help prevent your kid from getting illnesses like mengittitus, H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine and flu and many others. It’s most important to have good preparation.
1. Make Sure Your Vaccinations Are Up-to-Date
Before starting school it’s critical to make sure that your children have the most up-to-date vaccinations and medical physicals. You can check with your school and family doctor to see if it’s time to have a health physical for this school year. Checkups are a great way to have your family’s physician to look at your child’s development and growth. Your doctor can perform test and give vaccination shots, if needed. You can then get a copy of your child’s medical form that was provided during the check up. It’s important to keep the original so that you can make copies in the future as needed for s school sports activities and camp. If your child have conditions such as asthma or allergies, it’s important that the school have access to that information. If your child has condition such as ADHD and is prescribed medicine it important that your talk to your school to insure they are aware of it this.
- Medication should be in its original container. Ask your doctor for additional medicine so that one can be kept at home and another at school.
- Parents or guardians must give written consent to the school personnel to administer any authorized medication.
- The Physician’s order/signage or current prescription label must be on the medication’s container.
2. Have Medical Care Prepare When Being Away From Home.
Children often go away for school as well. It could be boarding school, a school camp, exchange program or most often, college. Parents should insure their child knows where to seek medical care if they are away. If it’s on campus, it may be the campus nurse; some schools larger universities have hospitals on campus. It’s a good idea to provide your kid with the prescription they need so they can get their medication refilled while away. Give them their own copy of your insurance card so that have needed information we asked. It could be very well be their first visit to the doctor without you present so make sure they have all of their needed medical information, including; health history, current medications, and allergies. Specifically for college freshmen living in dorms, it’s recommended that get a Meningococcal vaccine.
3. Keeping Germs Away.
Once your child is back in school, its important form preventing illnesses. Bacteria, viruses, parasites and even fungi cause many illnesses. These can be transmitted from one individual to another. The cold or flu virus can be transferred to another from the cough or sneeze from an infected person. The bacteria can flat float through the air and land on the surface of a computer, desk or countertop. Germs cab easily spread when a child toches something that has been be containminated. Keeping your hands away from your mouth and nose will go a long way in preventing illnesses. Typically school age children have about five to six colds a year and adolescent have approx. four colds a year. Also children can have diarrhea illnesses with or without vomiting two or three times throughout the year. Your child being exposed to new viruses and germs usually causes frequent illnesses. During the fall and winter virus exposure increases as children spend more time together indoors.
4.Stay Clean! Stay Healthy!
As remind your child to wash he/her hand. Cleaning your hands well is the most effective way to stop the spread of cold and flu viruses. Children should was their hands after; blowing their nose, touching mouths, holding someone’s hand, touching animals, handling trash, and before handling food to help remove any germs. Cleaning your hands at least 30 seconds with hot/warm water and soap will wash away germs. You can also use alcohol-based hand cleaners. (Make sure these are safe for your child especially if he/she has sensitive skin when buying back to school products it’s a great idea to buy a box of cleanser for you child’s classroom to put next to the tissue box. For college students you can buy alcohol-based wipes so they can wipe down the bathroom or desktop surfaces in class.
Having an unhealthy diet and not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your immune system; it causes lower resistance to viruses and germs. Or body will normally fight off viruses before we get seek; however this become much more difficult when students are up late, cramming for the big exam and eating too many pizza puff and cheeseburgers. This will wear down your body because it’s not getting the nutrition it needs. Poor nutrition weakens the body natural defenses. By eating plenty of fruits and vegetables your can build up your immune system and help prevent illness. Drinking a lot of water will also help prevent dehydration and keeps the body flushed out of many toxins. It is also important to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep gives the body needed time to rejuvenate and repair it.
Continued exercise during school will prove a great way to relieve anxiety, stress and relax the body. Exercise gives your child a higher energy level so they can perform well in school.
Reducing your child’s stress as they enter a new grade, school or class will be a great way to improve the educational experience. Taking a tour of the new school and meeting the teachers before the school term start will help ease your child mind. If your child is going to a new school, participating in a school’s meet and greet before school starts will help your child establish friendships and familiarity so they know at least one person in the school. Encouraging your child to study every evening rather than cramming prior to test will also ease their stress so they can perform better.
6. Don’t Go To School If You’re Sick
Although we all can take many precautions to help protect our children’s body against sickness and to make them healthy, with a strong immune system, children will still become ill. In this case its best to keep them home until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. A child who runs a fever that is elevated fever in the evening should probably stay home the next day from school. This will keep other s form being effected and spreading the illness further.
This is medical Opinion from E-Scholars Partnership Network.
Please consult a doctor before following any advice shared.