Keep kids Happy and Healthy as they get Back to School This post is written in partnership with Women's Choice Awards & Pink Eye Relief
I remember being completely distraught for the duration of the month of September, practically every year until I hit college. I'd get that lump in my throat, as the anxiety about a new school year came into focus.
I equated the new school year with robbing me of sweet, unencumbered moments of summer which shifted to crisp mornings, having to get out the door by 7 am with nothing to look forward to but school work and for many years the inescapable melodrama of social interactions with other girls. I remember longing to see a note from my mom, just the simple way she'd sign it with a little heart over the word mommie, can still get my eyes all watery.
Those love notes, especially in the very early years of elementary school were my touchstone, and sustained me through many a day when being in school felt like being engulfed in a sea of loneliness.
So as soon as my little ones were ready to take on the big, bad world of full days at school- I relished the opportunity to be able to write them little love notes, tokens of my affection for them; almost like a way for me to whisper into their ear, while they were sitting at their school desks- just how much I love them.
“Please don't trade your apple for another treat, “Love Mommie
“Remember school can be fun- don't forget to remember all the fun parts to tell me about when you get home, Love Mommie
And while you are contemplating the love notes you will send your kids to school with—don’t forget about how important it is to keep them healthy. Being back in back to school mode means sometimes they bring home notes, or tests, a new friend or two or sometimes things we don’t want like infections.
In general you want your kids to be as healthy and productive as they can be so they can take advantage of all their school experience can provide. In order for this to happen keep reading for my tips to keep your kids Happy and Healthy as they get in Back to School Mode!
#1 Get Proper sleep and into the habit of a regular sleep schedule
The National Sleep Foundation convened experts from sleep, anatomy and physiology, as well as pediatrics, neurology, gerontology and gynecology to reach a consensus from the broadest range of scientific disciplines. A summary of the new recommendations includes:
- Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours
- Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours
- School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours
- Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours
#2 Prevention and treatment of germs they can pick up from other kids. We teach our kids to cover their faces when sneezing and use hand sanitizer regularly but it is inevitable that kids will get an occasional bump or bruise or sniffle. However one thing they can bring home that causes me a lot of anxiety are eye problems specifically pink eye which can is vey contagious and can spread to the whole family if it is not treated promptly and precautions are not taken.
What is pink eye you ask? If you are asking you or your kids are lucky enough not to have been affected by this. Pink eye or conjunctivitis may be due to an inflammation of the outermost layer of the eye, although a number of conditions can make the eye look pink or red. A physician’s counsel should be sought in order to rule out any serious causes. Pink eye can occur in adults, but most often occurs in young children, who are more vulnerable. It can often be difficult to tell the type of Pink Eye you have by symptoms alone. Your eye doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics for the more severe form of pink eye or allergy medications. For these reasons, anytime you develop red, irritated eyes, you should call and see your eye doctor immediately. Despite precautions, you or your child still may develop pink eye. If the problem is contagious pink eye, be mindful of others and do your part to keep the infection from spreading.
If your child is affected, tell his or her teacher about the infection so extra steps can be taken to sanitize the classroom or day care center. Also, keep your child home until the contagious stage has passed.
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#3 Make sure your kids have a Healthy diet! This includes lunches. School-age children (ages 6 to 12) need healthy foods and nutritious snacks. They have a consistent but slow rate of growth and usually eat four to five times a day (including snacks). Many food habits, likes, and dislikes are established during this time. Family, friends, and the media (especially TV) influence their food choices and eating habits. Eating healthy after-school snacks is important, too, as these snacks may contribute up to one-third of the total calorie intake for the day
#4 Get your kids get regular physical activity and exercise: How much physical activity do children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do to keep healthy? To stay healthy or to improve health, young people need to do three types of physical activity each week: aerobic exercise and exercises to strengthen bones and muscles. The amount of physical activity you need to do each week is determined by your age.
In conclusion-send your kids to school safe and healthy. Get enough sleep, eat healthy, get them up and exercising and treat any illnesses and remember PinkEye Relief® Eye Drops for if pink eye is brought home.
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