Back-to-School Wellness

By Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida

As school gets back in session, there are some tips that parents can use to get their kids on the right track to wellness.
Nutrition – Children need a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner in order to thrive in school. Make sure that you are both choosing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and foods high in protein and limited sugar. Drinking plenty water is crucial to keeping the body well hydrated and helps flush out impurities
Bedtime – Sleep is the way that the body rejuvenates itself. Start setting a bedtime hour 1-2 weeks before the start of school. Stick to it during the school week, and keep it to a similar sleep pattern during the weekends
Immunizations – Your child’s school has a list of required immunizations and physical examinations, make the proper arrangements with your child’s pediatrician so that your child can begin school in time. Meet with your child’s school officials, such as the school nurse, teachers and principal to make sure that they are informed of any health issues, allergies, or diet restrictions
Mood Changes – A new school year, new school, or new classmates can be stressful. Look for changes in your child’s behavior, demeanor, or school grades to determine if they are having any issues. Give your child a few strategies to manage difficult situations on their own, but know when you need to intervene
Germs – Germs can be easily spread, make sure that your child is practicing good health habits throughout the year, especially at the start of a new school year. Have them keep their hands away from their nose and mouth. Good hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of colds, the flu, and viruses. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective
Exercise – Regular exercise is essential for both physical and mental well-being. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, exercise helps children focus, sleep, and feel better. Help your child choose activities or sports that they enjoy and will stick to
Backpack Weight – Overloaded backpacks can cause back pain and other health problems. Pick a sturdy backpack with padded straps, and show your child how to use it properly by distributing its content weight properly and using both straps

About Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida
Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida (PCCSF) is a group of leading pediatric intensivists and hospitalists who are board-certified and fellowship-trained in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. They currently operate the pediatric critical care unit (PICU) facility at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. For more information, please visit or call (954) 454-5131.

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