It is nearly back to school time which can be a stressful time for parents. You need to sort out their school uniforms, the backpack they need and the correct equipment and books. As a result, it can be a good idea to create a health checklist student specific to make sure that they know how not to get sick as a student. We’ve put some info as to what you could include for that in this article.
Wash your Hands
Of course, it’s important to make sure your child washes their hands when they are at school to avoid catching and spreading germs. A great way to encourage kids to do this is to sing a song while they are doing it. The songs most commonly used are the alphabet song or the Happy Birthday song. The time taken to sing those songs from start to finish is roughly the amount of time it would take to wash your hands (front, back, and in-between the fingers).
Book in a Check-up
Before you send your child back to school, it’s always a good idea to schedule a check-up with a GP. In some schools, a checkup is compulsory if your child wants to take part in extracurricular sports such as football. It’s a good idea to get their hearing and vision checked annually too, so you can see if there are any issues on that front that could hinder their development. It’s also an excellent time to see if there are any updates required to existing medication or prescriptions.
Make Sure the Routine is Prepared
During the school holidays, it’s not unusual for kids to have a routine that’s a little more relaxed. Instead of going to bed at a specific time, it’s likely they have been eating a little out of schedule and getting some late nights. In the week before they go back to school, make sure that you have started to get the routine back in place to prepare them for another school year.
Be Prepared for Allergen Issues
When a new school year starts, it’s also the beginning of a new allergy season. If you have a child who already suffers from allergies – it can be much worse when there is the likelihood of dust, mould and other issues within the classroom. You also may want to check in with the cafeteria if your child has food allergies. The last thing you want is for them to eat or to be near something that could cause an allergic reaction.
We hope you are now well on your way to taking the necessary precautions when it comes to keeping your child healthy when they go back to school.