Back-to-school might have you running around like crazy just trying to get things in routine. The last thing you need to worry about is your child getting sick. Unfortunately germs are spreading this time of year as children go back-to-school to talk and play more than usual with one another.
Even though back-to-school season normally means a spike in kids getting the cough, cold, and flu, there are a few things you can do as a family to have a healthier start to school:
1. Set Bed Times:
Not only for your kids, but for you too! Getting a healthy amount of sleep is essential. Sleep needs vary with age, but generally speaking, young children need around 11 to 12 hours each night, teens need between 8.5 and 9.25 hours, and the average adult needs only between seven and nine hours per night. Of course, getting your child to enjoy the recommended hours of sleep each evening may be difficult, but sticking to a routine is definitely worth it for you & your child's health.
2. Teach Good Hygiene:
To help your kids avoid getting sick, it's important to show them how to protect themselves. Wash those hands after using the restroom, and before & after eating. Even though your kind-hearted little one may want to share food, it isn't the best idea. Sharing and eating food from others is an easy way for germs to spread.
3. Healthy Foods for the WIN:
A healthy diet is of upmost importance. Make it easier for yourself by prepping food on the weekends and stocking up on healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread, lean protein or these 50+ healthy snack ideas for kids.
4. Talk it out:
Stress is usually high for both parents and children during back to school. Be sure to talk to your kids about things going on in school. School isn't a on-size-fits all situation for every child, so it's important to have conversations. A quick 'How are classes and how are your friends?' is a great way to show your child you care about what's going on in their life. Equally as important is knowing when enough work has been done and when to relax and enjoy your time as a family.