Now most schools have resumed for another academic year and parents need to make sure their children is healthy and ready for the academic year.
Keeping your child healthy all through is not an easy job but you can make it easy by having a health check list.
Here is the health check tips that can help and guide you with your child:
1. Vaccination: Vaccinations save children from unnecessary pain and illnesses. That's why government requires all school-aged children from 1-5 years to be immunized against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella , rotavirus and chickenpox.
Be sure your child's immunizations are up to date for their safety, and for the safety of others.
2. Good diet: Changing the way you pack your kids' lunches can make kids healthier over the long term. Plus, you're helping them appreciate what healthy food tastes like.
Try filling their lunchboxes with colorful fruits and vegetables. Grapes, apples, mangoes, berries, bananas, watermelon, pineapple and carrots or mix in a few of your kid's favorites.
Switch home made fruit juices and smoothies for water. And consider substituting white bread with whole grains to add more fiber to their diets.
3. Good sleep hygiene: Your children will be more alert and focused in class if you start to get them ready for their school schedule ahead of time by putting them to bed early.
School-aged children need at least 10 hours of sleep every night.
Teenagers need between 9 and 10 hours.
For good sleep hygiene, get kids accustomed to the same bedtime every night.
Also, try removing screen devices from their rooms at night, like mobile phones, tablets, TVs, and other gadgets.
4. Exercise: Children need at least an hour a day to exercise. Making sure they get enough exercise is a matter of balancing their priorities.
For instance, setting limits on TV-watching, video game time, and similar low energy activities can give children the encouragement they need to pick up a ball or a jump rope or go out and explore their surroundings. Doing so helps kids maintain a healthy weight, sleep better, and feel less stressed out.
5. Keep them away from cold: Don't let colds and other infectious diseases stand in the way of your child's academics.
Teach your children the basics of cold prevention. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, sneeze into tissues or your elbows, and throw tissues away after using them.
6. Allergy: The new school year can also bring new allergy concerns. Common classroom allergy triggers include dust mites, and chalk dust. Food allergies present another challenge.
Try talking with teachers, and other school staff about your child's allergy needs.
If your child has hay fever, pay attention to it closely and plan accordingly with allergy-fighting medicine.
If your child has a food allergy, make sure your child's teacher and other school staff is aware to avoid it.
7. Regular health check-up: It's a good idea for children to have a yearly checkup to keep up with their growth progress and other health concerns. From birth until early adulthood, doctors recommend that children be seen annually to check on their progress.
Let the first day of school be a reminder each year that the annual checkup is an important time to assure your child's health and wellness.
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