Published on August 13th, 2012 | by Dr. Cristina Garcia0
Prepare Your Child for the Upcoming School Year
With August moving into its third week, everyone is getting back into the “school grind”. All over Volusia County parents and students are gathering the supplies they need to make this year a success.
As you prepare to send your children off to school, some of you for the first time, I would like to take a moment to touch on a few “healthy tips” that will enhance your child’s success in the upcoming school year.
- Healthy Snacks:
It is important to keep a constant level of energy throughout the day to maintain continuous focus and absorb every ounce of knowledge available. Remember to pack your child a few healthy snacks throughout the day. Choosing a good snack such as apple slices or a granola bar will prevent the “high and low” affect that chips and candy bars can cause.
- Wash Your Hands:
Most germs are spread from the surface of desks, counters and doorknobs to your child’s hand. Frequent hand washing will greatly reduce your child chances of contracting those back to school bugs that are often passed around during the first 2-3 weeks of school. To ensure proper hand washing encourage your child to sing a song while washing. Singing the ABC’s or another rhyme lasting about 30 seconds will help fight those germs.
- Backpack Safety:
You might not realize that the way your child wears their backpack today could affect their health tomorrow. It is important that backpacks are not overfilled. Your child’s backpack should not weigh more than 10% to 15% of their body weight. The human spine is composed of 33 small bones called vertebrae. Between those vertebras are small disks that act as natural shock absorbers. When a backpack is improperly filled or improperly worn, this will cause your child to compensate by leaning forward to carry the weight. This may place un-natural pressure on those shock absorbers causing back pain.
School is exciting! Meeting new friends, new teachers and increasing knowledge is a wonderful thing.
Together we will continue to work toward keeping your children healthy and headed in the right direction.
If you have any questions about back to school health, do not hesitate to contact your child’s pediatrician.