A: Here are 10 back-to-school tips to get you and your family ready for the year ahead:
- Getting Shots. Check with your doctor to make sure your child(ren) have received the recommended vaccines for their age.
- Eye Exams. Have your child(ren) get a complete eye exam before starting school.
- Helmets. Be sure that your child(ren) wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet when riding their bikes to school or just riding them for fun/fitness.
- Snacks. Snacking itself is not necessarily bad. Provide milk, juice and servings of fruit or vegetables.
- Bedtimes. By setting a bedtime schedule, you are building consistency in your child(ren)s daily routine.
- Backpacks. Watch out for back pain caused by backpacks. Backpacks used for school should have two shoulder straps, and your child(ren) should use both.
- Car Safety. Schools brings an increase in car trips to school, lessons, sports practices, etc.
- Sick Day Plan. Have a plan for sick day(s) when your child should be kept home from school. You should never send your child to school with a fever, as this is when they are most contagious.
- Fighting Germs. Teach your child(ren) regular handwashing. Handwashing is one of single best ways to fight infection.
- Talk It Out. It’s important for parents to consistently talk to their child(ren) to know their personalities and be alert to any changes in behavior.
Information provided by Jason Brehmer, DO, UnityPoint Clinic – Family Medicine, 285-3200.