It’s That Time Of Year: How To Keep Your Kids Healthy During The School Year

During the summer, it's easy to keep track of your kids and ensure healthy habits. However, once your kids go back to school, all bets are off. You have no way of knowing if they're doing things that could jeopardize their health, such as climbing to the top of the jungle gym and letting go. While accidents do happen, and kids do get sick, there are some things you can do as a parent or guardian to make sure your kids stay healthy during the school year. Here are three simple strategies you can follow that will help get you started:

Enforce Hand Washing

If your kids are just starting out in school, they may not realize how important it is to keep their hands clean. Now's a good time to help them get in the habit of washing their hands each time they use the bathroom, and before they eat their food. You can't be at school with them during the day, but you can practice hand washing while you're at home. Before your kids begin their new school year, start practicing proper hand washing techniques with them. One way to do that is with a sticker chart. Each time your child washes their hands before a meal, or after they use the bathroom, give them a sticker. Once they'll fill up a row, let them pick a goody from a goody basket. They'll be having fun, and you'll be teaching them proper hygiene for school.

Encourage Movement

Now that summer is over, the only real physical activity your child may get is during PE at school. Unfortunately, that's not nearly enough exercise to keep your child healthy. To make sure your child gets enough exercise during the school year, sign them up for extracurricular sports clubs or classes. The extra exercise they'll receive from those sporting activities will help keep them healthy all year long, and into adulthood.

Monitor Lunch Routines

Once your child goes off to school for the new year, you'll still need to make sure they're eating healthfully. One way to do that is to pack their lunch. That way, you know exactly what your child is getting for lunch each day. If your child purchases their lunch, many schools will allow you to monitor their lunches by logging onto the school website. Using the online tool will help you monitor what your child is eating, and will also give you an avenue for open communication about proper nutrition.

You want your child to stay healthy this school year. You can use the tools provided here to help ensure that. For other tips on how to keep your child healthy, talk to a family doctor like those at Snow Creek Medical Center.