The new school year is full of opportunities. It’s a great chance for kids to get together with their old pals, make new friends, and also a chance to study and get good grades. While the children learn their ABCs, parents can do a few things to make sure children stay healthy and strong.
Germs can spread to the hands by sneezing, coughing, or rubbing the eyes, and children can get sick quickly.
Here are some basic health tips to follow:
1. Get an annual physical: According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), school-age children should visit the doctor at least once a year. During an annual physical, your pediatrician could detect health problems before your child feels sick, allowing them to stay healthy through the school year. Your pediatrician can also give you advice on how to keep your child healthy at home.
2. Get shots: Vaccines can prevent many diseases and are safe for children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow your pediatrician’s advice and keep your child’s immunizations up to date, including seasonal vaccines like the flu shot.
3. Wash your hands: Washing your hands is one of the most important ways to reduce the spread of germs, according to the National Institutes of Health. Children should wash their hands thoroughly with running water before eating and water play, and after playing with animals, playing outdoors or in sand, or using the toilet.
4. Have healthy lifestyle: The NIH says a lifestyle that includes regular exercise, plenty of sleep, and good nutrition can strengthen your immune system. Make sure your children are eating enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and avoid saturated fats. Also, incorporate physical activity in their daily routine, and set a reasonable bedtime.
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