September 19, 2017 @ 8:28 PM
By Glenda Feilen
Kids Don’t Have to Get Sick Now They’re Back in School
Facebook parents complain
Today on Facebook I saw posts of parents who were upset because after one week in school their children got sick from being around other children. Your children do not have to get sick from being around other children if they are healthy and have a good immune system themselves. Here are some health habits to follow so your children stay healthy now they are back in school.
Start the day off right
Eating a healthy breakfast as a family is a perfect time to bond and spend quality time together. Unfortunately, morning schedules usually don’t make this possible. Even though mornings are usually rushed it is super important to get good nutrition in kid’s bellies. Sugared cereal and sweetened juice just don’t cut it when it comes to nutrition that will help their brains function all morning until lunch rolls around. A NUPLUS or VITASHAKE, which fills in all their nutritional gaps, is a winning combinations of nutrients that will help them feel satisfied until lunch. CALLI is also something kids find delicious for breakfast.
Nix the added sugar
Added sugar provides no nutritional benefits and is found in a wide range of food from cookies, ketchup, salad dressings, sugar sweetened cereals (even some whole grain ones!), smoothies, to sweetened yogurts. Kids who eat foods high in added sugars tend to eat fewer healthy foods that are good for their heart. The major culprit of added sugar, however, is soda and sugary drinks including iced tea and fruit punch so I suggest limiting them from your kids’ diets. Delicious ice cold FORTUNE DELIGHT makes a perfect drink to put in a school lunch as well as the perfect thing for kids to grab for an after school snack from the fridge when they get home.
Pack a healthy snack
If you are packing snacks for your kids, here is a perfect opportunity to include at least one fruit and veggie. Smart snacks include fresh fruit (apple, pear, and bananas), Greek yogurt, baby carrots with hummus, nuts or nut butter squeeze packs are also great choices if a school allows nuts; if not, they are a great go-to snack when kids get home.
Keep portions healthy (no measuring cup required!)
First of all, no eating in front of the TV and no over-sized plates. This is a time for discussing the day and bonding. Serving healthy portion sizes such as at dinner, for example, fill half the plate with veggies or a salad and a quarter with protein (think fish, chicken) and the other quarter with a healthy starch (brown rice, sweet potato).
Make sure backpacks fit well
As school kids get older, they tend to carry heavier books. A load of books with a laptop can weigh as much as 30 pounds. That can cause shoulder, neck, and back strain for young people, and affect their posture. I tried to pick up my granddaughter backpack he other day and I couldn’t do it! I couldn’t believe she actually wore that around all day at school. No wonder her posture looks so slumpy!
Make sure your child’s backpack has padding on the shoulder straps that can be loosened and tightened to ensure a snug fit depending on the contents. Make sure the backpack is always worn with both straps over both shoulders, not one slung over one arm, which adds to the pressure on that arm.
Some parents are switching to rolling backpacks, which can definitely ease the load on young shoulders. Unfortunately many schools don’t allow them because they can be considered a tripping hazard. Check to make sure your child’s school allows them.
Incorporating sports and exercise into your children’s daily routine is a must! If possible, enroll kids in after school activities where possible. My kids took dancing, gymnastics, cheer, tumbling, and a few other things and they tell me they are so grateful. It not only kept them from being idle and getting into any kind of trouble, it was physically good for them and gave them confidence. Usually if parents engage in physical activity, their kids will follow along.
Get bedtimes on track, and tidy up the sleep hygiene
It’s vital for children and teens to get to bed so they get enough quality sleep. Pediatricians recommend that children age 6 to 12 get 9 to 12 hours of sleep a night, and that teens get 8 to 10 hours a night.
Here are some tips to help children and teens get the sleep they need when they return to school.
• Power off the devices. “Good sleep means all devices should be turned off an hour before bedtime,” says Andrea Hoopes, MD, a Kaiser Permanente Washington pediatrician. “This gives their brains time to unplug from the stimulation and the light from phones and computers.” Reading a book or magazine — the old-school-kind — can help kids relax right before bedtime.
• Darkening the shades. If the clock says it’s bedtime, it’s still lights out. Light can interfere with a child’s sleep. Darkening shades can block out distracting light and help your child drift off to sleep more easily.
• A lot of people don’t realize that a NUPLUS or VITASHAKE at bedtimes will help you sleep like a baby, especially for kids who use as their excuse for not wanting to go to bed as being hungry.
Don’t take “fine” for an answer
Depression, anxiety, and stress are big health risks to teens and younger kids. Dr. Mellott says that in her experience kids will rarely say that they are being bullied or that they are experiencing other stressors. So. if you suspect either scenario, talk with the teachers as soon as you can.
To stay in tune with your child’s mood, make sure you engage in real conversations about what’s going on at and after school. Instead of asking “How was school?” which practically invites the non-answer “fine,” see if you can probe a bit more. Ask about specific classes, what the teachers are like, and if your child has made any new friends this year.
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