Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy at School
Now that your kids are back in school, here are some tips to keep them healthy during the school year.
- Fix their sleep schedule. It gets dark later in summer, so adjusting to a new sleep schedule can be hard at first. A good trick is to set your kids' bedtime about 15 minutes earlier each night, until you reach the point that works with their school schedule.
- Get a checkup. If your kids haven't had their annual physical or vaccinations yet, it's time to do that. It's also a good idea to make sure the school has any medications they need on hand and that your emergency contact information is up-to-date.
- Make them a healthy lunch. One trick to get them to actually eat it is by buying a bento-box-style lunch box that you can fill with small portions of healthier foods. And always remember to pack a drink, since a study in 2015 found that more than half of all children and teens aren't properly hydrated.
- Go over hand-washing. Since you won't be supervising their hand-washing when they're at school, make sure they know how and when to wash their hands.
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