Make sure that your child starts the school year as healthy as possible.
It’s that time of the year again and you want your child to have another successful and happy year at school. While we know you have a lot to do to get the school year started, Dr. Joe Gorz at Neighborhood Primary Care wants to make sure that your child has the healthiest year possible with these helpful habits,
Pack Healthy, Balanced Lunches
Packing lunches everyday isn’t easy, particularly if you have picky eaters. Opt for a meal that offers a nice mix of protein, whole grains and veggies, and skip those prepackaged meals whenever possible.
Schedule Your Child’s Annual Physical
Whether your child is about to start playing sports or it’s time for their annual physical the start of the school year is one of the best times to schedule your visit. These checkups allow us to examine your child, check for health issues and make sure that they’ve had all their vaccines before heading into another school year.
As you might imagine, most patients are trying to get appointments at the beginning of the school year so it’s important to schedule your child’s upcoming physical in advance.
Practice Good Hygiene
We all know that kids carry a lot of germs and that school-age children are exposed to a lot of bacteria during the school day. One of the best things you can do for your child is to show them how to properly wash their hands and to make a habit of washing hands regularly, particularly before eating, to reduce their exposure to germs and infections.
Catch Some Quality ZZZs
Your child’s diet and physical activity may be on point but if they aren’t getting adequate sleep every night then these other good habits only go so far to keep them healthy. Nothing can take the place of a good night’s sleep, and not getting enough sleep can be linked to a variety of issues including a weakened immune system, obesity and depression. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers up a helpful sleep guideline for children and teens from 4 months to 18 years.
Whether you need to schedule a sports physical for your child or your child gets sick, we can provide you with the quality, welcoming care your family is looking for.
The information is provided to you by Dr. Joe Gorz at Neighborhood Primary Care.