Top Five Back to School Health Tips
So it’s that time of year again, the kids go back to school after a nice break but as parents you are probably concerned about keeping your school age kids healthy?
A school environment is unfortunately the perfect place for germs and illnesses to thrive. It’s therefore extremely important to try and protect our children from these germs and illnesses, a healthy school experience can improve learning, physical fitness and mental alertness.
We’ve laid out five useful tips for keeping your kids healthy as they go back to school;
- Keep Their Food Healthy: Eating right is more than just the choice of foods your child’s diet, there are many food borne illnesses which are preventable if the right precautions are taken. Food can make a child sick if it contains bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or contaminants so vigilance is required when feeding our kids. Some of the more notorious diseases that we have all heard of are Salmonella and E. Coli. Firstly it’s important to watch for symptoms of illnesses caused by food, you should watch for diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain or headaches. If you are preparing your child’s lunch yourself then make sure to wash your hands, utensils, cutting boards and plates after they have contacted raw meet or poultry and especially before touching any other food. An amazing recent advancement in keeping hands clean are those “touch activated” faucets such as the new Kohler Faucets.
- Keep Leftovers Chilled: Feeding our kids on a budget often means stretching out meals by sending them to school with leftovers from that awesome evening meal. A useful tip is to set your freezer to zero deg F and your refrigerator to 40 deg F. This will ensure that your delicious leftovers are kept below the recommended 41 deg F temperature. You can also separate larger portions so that chill faster and never put hot foods straight into the fridge, let them cool slightly first, this will protect the food that is already chilled in the fridge.
- Report Suspected Food Borne Illnesses: A big part of keeping our kids healthy can be simply reporting your childs illness to the local health authorities, this proactive approach means schools and health systems can react with preventative measures to stop an outbreak from spreading.
- Monitor Your Schools Health Assessments: All schools have to conform to strict regulations regarding our childrens health and well-being, as parents we have the right to see how our schools are performing. You can ask for a copy of your schools recent health assessments or inspection reports. Understanding how a school is assessed and performs can help you take an active role in improving your child’s health whilst at school.
- Establish Healthy Routines: Some simple routines can help your child stay healthy all by themselves. A great tip is to teach children to sing a short song whist washing their hands, the goal is to keep a child washing their hands for at least 30 seconds. A nursery rhyme works great with younger kids whilst a countdown or popular song might work better with your teenagers. Other healthy routines might include washing hands before and after meals and definitely after using the restroom!
We hope you liked our top five back to school health tips, we would love to hear your healthy tips so please leave your suggestions in our comments section.