03 Sep 5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy as They Head Back to School
By Ruben J. Rucoba, MD
Most kids went back to school in the past few weeks, and we’re already seeing the expected uptick in mild illnesses. While you can’t prevent all school-borne illness, here are a few tips to help:
- Make sure they get a good night’s sleep. This is simple in theory, but difficult in practice. Sleep helps the body heal and helps the immune system fight off infection.
- Make sure they eat right. Don’t send them out the door to eat a Pop-Tart on the bus. A balanced diet, including a good breakfast, will help them stay healthy.
- When they come home from school, make sure they wash their hands as soon as they enter the house. And if possible, change clothes, especially if they are dirty. In fact, good handwashing all throughout the day is helpful, especially before eating and after going to the bathroom.
- Try to keep their hands away from their mouth, nose, and eyes. If they are prone to this, give them a fidget toy to play with (and clean it daily) to occupy their busy fingers.
- If they are sick, keep them home. This will help them recover more quickly, and it will help prevent the spread of germs to others in school.