As schools are preparing their classrooms, parents everywhere are checking off the last few things on their back to school to-do lists. But in addition to notebooks and erasers, you may want to pick up some hand sanitizer and tissues, too! As the time indoors and exposure to other kids increases for your child, so does their chance of illness.
To ensure your kid’s immune system can handle the battle ahead, here are four tips you’ll want to follow to keep your child healthy all year round.
1. Keep Hands Clean
Consider this: a child with a cold coughs or sneezes in a packed classroom, those sitting nearby inhale and then the virus spreads. Encourage your child to always cover their mouth and nose, as well as wash their hands often to prevent the spread of germs.
Pro tip: teach your kids to soap and scrub their hands for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice! You may also want to keep an alcohol-based sanitizer on hand for use prior to eating lunch or snacks.
2. Get Active
Kids go from sitting in classrooms all day, to after-school activities, to homework followed by TV time. While they may see some daily activity in gym class, recess, or an after-school sport, sometimes this exercise may not be enough. As we know, regular exercise contributes to general good health, resulting in a healthier immune system.
Think your family isn’t getting enough exercise? Take a family bike ride or nature walk along our very own Kirby Wellness Trail, open to our entire community.
3. Manage Stress
Managing stress may be easier said than done, but there are tactics to keep stress levels low. With heavy homework loads, organizational and time management skills are crucial. Teach your child to keep track of assignments with a daily planner, provide a distraction-free study zone, and look into outside resources should your child struggle academically.
Another common stressor? Over-scheduling, so keep an eye on their daily to-dos so you can find ways to cut back if needed.
4. Prepare for Sports
If you have a student-athlete, there is always a risk of injury — despite even our best prevention methods. Wearing the proper equipment is one step to being injury-free, but sometimes minor strains and sprains still occur. Should this happen to your child this fall sports season, visit our Kirby Quick Care walk-in clinic for quick medical attention to get your athlete back on their feet and back in the game!
Located in Monticello, Illinois, Kirby Medical Center has been proudly serving the healthcare needs of families in Piatt County since 1941. Contact us today for your healthcare needs: 217.993.8607!