Back to School: A Healthy Start
Back to school can be a stressful time for both parents and children alike. Hill Physicians has prepared some tips for physical and emotional health to get this school year off to a healthy start.*
First Month Tips | Health Check-up |Stay Healthy All Year
First Month of School
Be Available to Help Your Child Adjust
Kids need some time to adjust at the start of a new school year and you will play a big role. Consider these tips to help both of you transition.
If possible, postpone business trips and reschedule meetings and other appointments that prevent you from spending time with your child.
Make sure your child knows how to reach you during school hours (and after school hours if you will not be with your child immediately). Review what to do in an emergency, including who to contact - a family member or neighbor, for example - if you are unreachable.
Arrange play dates and get-togethers with classmates. This can establish positive social relationships with peers.
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As your child gets into the routine of school, take time to be active in his or her education.
Review textbooks and other learning materials available. Share your enthusiasm for the subjects and your confidence in your child's ability to learn the content.
Incorporate learning activities
that reinforce what your child is learning at school into everyday activities. Learn how here
Familiarize yourself with school professionals. Get to know your child's teacher(s), the principal, the vice principal, the nurse, the security staff and the after-school program staff.
Research after school programs and consider enrolling your child in one that meets his or her academic or physical activity needs or stimulates his or her creative interests.
Mark your calendar and get involved at school!
Note important dates such as "Back to School Night" and other special events. Volunteer to help through the parent-teacher organization, booster club or other organization. Help your child understand that school life and home life are linked and that you know and care what's going on.
Kids starting a new school may experience an extra level of stress and have a hard time handling it. Learn more about Helping Your Child Transition Into Junior High or Middle School here...
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To start the school year off right, make sure your child is in good physical and mental health.
School Year on Immunizations:
In 2012 and all subsequent school years, all students entering 7th grade will need to provide proof of a TDAP booster within 30 days of starting school.
Even if your child is up to date with their immunizations and does not need another shot, you will still need to provide proof of the vaccination in order for your child to remain in school after their initial 30 days. We recommend contacting your physicians’ office to check on the entire family’s immunization records and ensure you are all up to date with preventive screenings and vaccinations as well as requesting documentation for this new school requirement.
Make sure your child is up-to-date on all immunizations
. Don't forget about boosters! Contact your pediatrician or family physician to confirm that your child is current on all recommended immunizations.
Visit Hill Physicians Children's Online Health Center
to learn more about childhood immunizations and download immunization records.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's special sites for:
: As children grow their eyesight can change from year to year. They may not tell you or understand that they are having a hard time reading books, or the blackboard until their learning begins to suffer. Be sure that their physical includes a vision check as well.
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Stay Healthy All Year
Whether returning to school, heading off to college or just starting pre-school, there are specific health concerns when children are clustered together in classrooms and dorms. The following common, year-round health concerns for school age children:
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*The information provided is meant to aid in your education on health and wellness. Hill Physicians strongly recommends that you seek the advice of a medical professional for any and all medical and/or psychological ailments.
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