Adopt healthy habits for your children as soon as they start school – NBC 7 San Diego


There’s a lot to do to get your kids ready to go back to school and follow a healthy routine once they’re in class. Along with shopping for clothes and supplies, it’s also a good time to start making healthy choices for the rest of their lives.

After a long, quiet summer, you can help ensure kids feel and perform their best throughout the school year with these tips from Consumer Reports:

Summer sleep patterns should be mastered about two weeks before school starts. Start setting alarms about 15 minutes earlier each night until they reach school-friendly sleep and wake times.

Personal devices should be turned off well before bedtime. Smartphones, tablets and laptops emit blue light, which can disrupt children’s sleep patterns.

Next: A bullet in the arm. Your child’s school probably requires current proof of immunization. Children entering elementary school may need vaccines against polio, chicken pox and other diseases, while those entering middle school or high school may need the meningococcal vaccine – which prevents meningitis – as well as the HPV vaccine, which prevents certain cancers.

All eligible people should also get their flu shot by the end of October and receive COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.

If your children are anxious about starting the new school year and are about to enter a new building, schedule a visit before the first day to ease their worries.

Handwashing can prevent about 20% of respiratory infections, so remind children how and when to wash. They’ll have a new school routine, so remind them to wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at key times, like after bathroom breaks, before lunch, or after playing outside.

Boost your child’s health by sending them to school with nutritious breakfasts. Mixing things up with a whole grain product, a protein, a fruit or vegetable, and a dairy product, all packaged in interesting ways, will increase the chances of them eating it.

And don’t forget the water! Studies show that drinking plenty of water reduces cavities and improves children’s learning ability, so consider sending your child off with a cool, reusable water bottle.


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