7 Healthy Tips for Back to School

With summer coming to a close, it is time to start getting ready to go back to school. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of new teachers and supplies, but don’t forget about your child’s health. Here are just a few tips and tricks to ensure a healthy and school year.

1. Routine is Key

One of the worst parts of going back to school is getting back on a school schedule. Your child has to adjust to waking up early, which can be difficult for young growing bodies. A week before school begins, try getting your child back into a routine. Put your child on the bedtime and wake-up schedule, that they will use when school starts. It may seem strict at first, but you will certainly be glad you had those practice rounds.

2. Hygiene

Let’s face it, hygiene can get a little neglected in the summer months. Kids love to go outside and play in the dirt, and they may not always remember to wash their hands. Make sure you emphasize how important it is to wash your hands, classrooms can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

3. Managing Anxiety

Whether it be separation anxiety or stress, make sure you are aware of your child’s concerns coming into the new school year. Talk with your student and make sure to address their concerns before school starts.

4. Doctor’s Notes

Before school starts, take your child to the doctor. Starting the school year with a clean bill of health is one of the best ways to ensure your child is successful during the year.

5. Backpack

An ill-fitting backpack can damage your child’s back. Find a backpack that properly fits your student before the school year begins.

6. Allergy Policies

If even your child doesn’t have a problem with allergies, read up on the school’s allergies policies to found out what you can pack in your student’s lunch.

7. Lunches

Prepare your students’ lunches the night before. This simple trick can save a lot of time in the morning.

Dr. O is committed to making sure your child has a successful school year. Getting back into the school routine can take a little planning, but we are here to make it as simple as possible.

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