Back to school season has officially begun and in three short weeks, my kids will be in school. It seems as if this summer has flown by so quickly and I am trying to savor the days I have with both of my children at home. I anticipate that these last few weeks will fly by quickly too. As you are preparing to send your child back to school, continue reading the Ultimate Checklist to ensure that your child stays healthy once school starts.
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Schedule a Physical
If you haven’t already had your child’s annual physical done, now is a great time to get it taken care of especially if your child is going to be in athletics or play any sports on the weekends. Physicals are a great baseline for ensuring that your child is healthy and the doctor can address any potential risks such as ensuring that they are eating healthy, getting plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, ect. Under the provisions of Obama Care, annual exams are covered at 100% or you can get a physical around under $50 at an urgent care clinic (these won’t be covered by insurance since your exam isn’t being done by your primary physician).
Under the provisions of Obama Care, annual exams are covered at 100% or you can get a physical around under $50 at an urgent care clinic (these won’t be covered by insurance since your exam isn’t being done by your primary physician). Don’t forget to inquire about vaccinations too.
Don’t forget to inquire about vaccinations too. Check ups are important to ensure that your child stays healthy all year long.
Visit the Dentist
Always visit your dentist at least twice a year for routine check-ups and dental cleanings. Routine check ups can help identify problems before the turn into major problems. Most people put off going to the dentist due to fear. However, putting off dental check ups usually result in bigger problems. Children should visit the dentist starting around their first birthday. If you fail to care for their baby teeth, it could affect the overall health of their adult teeth.
Start Packing Lunches for Your Child Now
I plan on packing my son’s lunch this school year because he is a bit picky and I want to ensure that he is eating healthy. If you aren’t sure what items that your child is interested in, I highly suggest taking them with you to the grocery store and letting them pick out a few new items to try especially fruits and vegetables. Do remember that anything that you send in their lunch, they need to be able to open it without any help for the most part. I personally love the cute bento boxes and you can find plenty of ideas on
Do remember that anything that you send in their lunch, they need to be able to open it without any help for the most part. I personally love the cute bento boxes and you can find plenty of ideas on Pinterest too. I always send plastic eating utensils inside of my son’s lunchbox too.
Plus, your child will have to learn to finish their lunch in a short amount of time. My mother in law is a kindergarten teacher and she often sees that kids don’t use their time wisely during lunch. The kids often spend their time talking instead of eating lunch. Early practice might help get them in the habit of eating their lunch first and then talking with their friends. Do ask the teacher if they can bring a snack to school.
Start Giving them Gummy Vitamins from Vitafive
Your child’s growing body needs the right amount of vitamins and minerals in order to have a healthy immune system. Vitamins and minerals are found in the foods that your child consumes and by drinking milk. However, vitamins are a great way to ensure that your child is getting all of the necessary vitamins and minerals especially if you have a picky child. I love the gummy vitamin packages from Vitafive. You can purchase the following: Kid’s Healthy Immune Pack, Kid’s Healthy Bone Pack, or Kid’s Essential Pack. Each package contains the necessary vitamins in order to support your child’s immune system, healthy bones, or ensure they are getting enough essential vitamins and minerals.
Teach Them to Wash Their Hands Properly
Take the time the remainder of the summer, to teach them how to wash their hands properly with soap and water. It is important to teach them at they need to wash their hands before they eat and after they use the restroom.
Use Hand Sanitizer Between Handwashing
I think it is important to use hand sanitizer between handwashing, especially during cold and flu season. You can buy the tiny bottles of hand sanitizer that you can attach to your child’s backpack, lunch box, or they can keep a small bottle in their desk. Do teach them how to use it properly. It doesn’t take very much hand sanitizer to do the job and it is a great way to ensure your child stays healthy.
Teach Them Not to Touch Their Face With Their Hands
I wish this was a habit that my mother taught me when I was younger. I always had my hands on my face or steadily chewing on things including my fingernails. Now that I am older, I still do it. Today, we were at my son’s well child exam and the doctor told him not to touch his face because it helps spread germs that make you sick. So now that summer is coming to an end, focus on teaching your child not to touch their face or chew on things like pencils, pens, their fingers, ect.
Transition to an Earlier Bedtime
Sleep is super important when it comes to keeping your child healthy. It is important to make sure that your child gets 8 to 10 hours of sleep at night. Ample amounts of sleep each night helps ensure your child stays healthy. If your child is used to staying up a bit later, now is the perfect time to start transitioning your child to go to bed at an earlier time. You can slowly make the transition by having them go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until they adjust to their new bedtime.
Get Them Up Earlier Too
Now that you got them to bed at an earlier time, it makes perfect sense to start waking them up earlier too. You can also transition it too. Just wake them up 15 minutes earlier each day until you reach the time that they need to wake up during the school year.
I can’t believe that school starts in several weeks. As you are busy getting all of their school supplies ready, I hope that this checklist was beneficial and helps ensure your child stays healthy once school starts.