As the holiday weekend wraps up, school is getting back into the swing of things.
Here are a few quick tips to help ensure our little ones have a happy, healthy, and successful school year.
Wash your hands
It seems like a no brainer, but washing your hands is more than just running your hands under the water. Good hand hygiene includes using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Asking our younger ones to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while rubbing their hands together is an easy way to confirm they spent an appropriate time cleaning!
Make sure vaccinations are up to date
Immunizations are one of the easiest ways to protect your children. Many schools require proof of specific vaccinations including hepatitis, rotavirus, and the chicken pox vaccine prior to enrollment.
The CDC has created easy-to-read vaccination schedules for ages one month all the way through adulthood: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/index.html
Plus, don’t forget the flu shot later this fall! Sona Pharmacy + Clinic can immunize the whole family to help keep everyone focused on the books rather than the bugs.
Keep a consistent sleep schedule
Lack of sleep is one of the quickest ways to lower the immune system and get sick. Our body gets worn down and can’t keep up with regular daily tasks when it is not able to rest.
A few tricks to a good night’s sleep include keeping a consistent bedtime routine, turning all electronics off in bed, and eating dinner at least 2 hours before laying down.
If you have more questions about the best ways to ensure a good night’s sleep, stop by the pharmacy to chat with one of our pharmacists.
Get extra medications to keep with the school nurse
Keeping an extra inhaler, Epi-pen, or bottle of tablets at school is easier than carrying medications back and forth from home.
This way you also have peace of mind that your little ones always have their medications if they ever need them!
Take care of mom and dad
So many times, we get wrapped up in taking care of the kids and forget to take care of ourselves!
However, if mom and dad end up stressed or overworked, that can affect the kids anyway.
Take time each week to include an individual or full family stress relieving activity.
This could be as simple as taking a walk around the neighborhood together or learning how to cook a new recipe. Either way, a few minutes of fun or relaxation can help prevent burnout.
These 5 tips are just a few simple ways to help keep the whole family on track as the school year ramps back up!
If any health or family issues come up during the year, the Sona Pharmacy + Clinic team is always here to help and answer your questions!