Ensure your children are in peak health at the beginning of a new term at school, to give them a head-start.

All parents want to ensure that their children are fully prepared to return back to school, once their vacations are over. Most get busy ensuring that holiday homework is done, and supplies like notebooks, backpacks, and lunchboxes are intact. Consequently, health concerns may take a back seat.

Here are some tips to ensure that your child is healthy and fit to return to school:

#1 Make sure immunizations are up to date

As you know, vaccinations protect your kids against a host of diseases such as polio, measles, mumps and so on. That’s why you must maintain a record of their vaccination schedules, and ensure these are upto date.

#2 Encourage your children to maintain good hygiene

It’s a small habit, that goes a long way. Teach your kids to wash their hands before and after eating, and going to the toilet, always. Also, do ensure that they maintain coughing and sneezing hygiene, by teaching them to sneeze into their sleeves, or crook of the elbow. Furthermore, do encourage them to carry a handkerchief or some tissues, in their school bags.

#3 Ensure your children get adequate sleep and rest

Sleep affects the physical and mental health of kids, and inevitably their academic performance too.  Hence, developing a quiet but fun ritual before bed, can help your children look forward to their sleep time.

#4 Ensure your kids eat breakfast 

Make sure your children begin the day with a nutritious breakfast.  As a parent, you need to help them build healthy eating habits.

#5 Help them manage stress

The thought of going back to school may invoke anxiety.  Sometimes, stress may be triggered by bullies or unpleasant teachers. As a parent, all you can do is to ensure that your channels of communication are open, so that your offspring can express their problems and concerns.

#6 Deal with existent health concerns

If your children have any health conditions like asthma or diabetes, make sure they are aware and equipped to deal with these. You must inform the child’s teachers and school doctor about these conditions too.

Also, do make sure your kids have an annual health checkup. This includes a vision and dental check, to ensure that all is well.