3 Tips to Prepare Your Child for a Healthy School Year
It's almost back-to-school season! Are your children ready? Mark Bucy, MD, shares tips to help your child prepare for a healthy school year:
Tip #1: Make sure your child has the vaccines they need.
Vaccinations protect your child's health, your family's health and your community's health. Vaccines are extremely important - they can save your child’s life.
At kindergarten age, recommended vaccines include:
- Measles, mumps and rubella
- Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio
At age 11, recommended vaccines include:
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
Be sure to talk to your child's health care provider and school about the vaccines that your child needs.
Tip #2: Schedule a well-child visit with your child's health care provider.
Summertime is a great opportunity to schedule a routine check-up with your child's health care provider. During a well-child visit, your child's health care provider will check your child's vision, hearing and physical health and will review your child's immunization records. Your child can also have a sports physical during this visit.
Tip #3: Practice good sleep hygiene year-round.
It can be difficult for children to suddenly begin waking up early when it's time to return to school, so it is important to keep a regular sleep schedule throughout the summer. If children are already in the habit of going to bed late, begin waking them up at the time they'll need to wake up for school. As the day goes on, your children will start to feel tired and will be ready for an earlier bedtime.