Five Healthy Back to School Tips
1. Get a sports physical
Any student who plays a school sport needs a sports physical, which is more focused than an annual wellness checkup. Regional Health Urgent Care performs adult, pediatric and sports physicals.
2. Update required immunizations
Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Flu vaccines are also recommended for all school-age children. Regional Health Primary Care clinics offer vaccinations and ‘flu shots.
3. Make sure backpacks fit well
As school kids get older, they tend to carry heavier books. That can spell shoulder, neck, and back strain and affect their posture. Download Backpack Safety Tips from the American Physical Therapy Association. Consult a physical therapist if your child complains about pain that you think might be related to an ill-fitting backpack.
4. Get bedtime on track
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.
5. Be mentally prepared
Stress can lead to a variety of health issues, like insomnia and sluggish immune systems. Talk to your children about anxiety and fears, and take care not to overload anyone’s schedule, including your own.
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