12:55pm Thursday 17 October 2019

Texas Children's Hospital Provides Tips to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Back-to-School

Handling sleep-change blues: Time changes and schedule changes can make it harder for children to sleep well and can affect their performance at school. Sleep specialists at Texas Children’s recommend parents start early and take the next few weeks to begin transitioning their child to an earlier sleep schedule.

Help improve your child’s nutrition: With the ever increasing obesity epidemic among children, it’s important for families to have a plan for eating nutritious, balanced meals. Texas children’s offers parents 10 meal and snack ideas, as well as tips to help your family have a successful start back.

Vaccines should be a top priority: Texas Children’s vaccine experts emphasize the importance of adhering to the vaccine schedule as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the local school district. It is essential to keeping children healthy, in school and protected from illnesses that are prevalent, yet vaccine-preventable.

Young athletes encouraged to get “back-to-school” heart checkups: Back-to-school means a return to academics and to athletics. Texas Children’s recommends that young children and teens whose families have a history of heart disease receive more than a routine “back-to-school” exam before playing sports.

Anxiety, not just a problem for adults: Children of all ages can experience excessive anxiety about a new school year which could make the first day, or even weeks, of school difficult for families. Psychologists at Texas Children’s want to help parents understand their child’s anxiety and share tips on how to help them deal with it.

Many children carrying too heavy backpacks: Many children are carrying backpacks that are far too heavy for them and are thus more vulnerable to injuries. Read more from experts at Texas Children’s to learn how heavy your child’s backpack can be and the dangers this poses.

The importance of yearly physical exams: Children’s bodies can change drastically within a year, and school hearing and vision tests may not be catching all problems. Physicians from Texas Children’s emphasize the importance of a back-to-school yearly physical to ensure children will perform their best over the next year.

Heat and high humidity require extra caution for athletes of all ages: Sports practices, workouts and even recess can be tough on students during the brutal heat of August and September. Experts from Texas Children’s provide tips for parents to help them understand and prevent heat-related illnesses in their children.

Communication helps manage asthma and allergies at school: As back-to-school approaches parents may worry about the best way for their kids to manage asthma or allergies at school. An asthma specialist at Texas Children’s gives tips on how to communicate with teachers about your child’s allergies and asthma.

What else behavioral problems in school may indicate: Children who suffer from poor school performance, memory lapses and behavioral problems may have a relatively common and treatable sleep disorder. Doctors from the Texas Children’s Sleep Center discuss the signs and symptoms of sleep problems.

Texas Children’s Hospital is committed to a community of healthy children and believes educating parents and students about the importance of health and safety at school will ensure that every child has a great start to the new school year.

About Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital is committed to a community of healthy children by providing the finest pediatric patient care, education and research. Renowned worldwide for its expertise and breakthrough developments in clinical care and research, Texas Children’s is ranked in the top 10 best children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Texas Children’s also operates the nation’s largest primary pediatric care network, with over 40 offices throughout the greater Houston community. Texas Children’s has embarked on a $1.5 billion expansion, Vision 2010, which includes a neurological research institute, a comprehensive obstetrics facility focusing on high risk births, and a community hospital in suburban West Houston. Get the latest Texas Children’s news on Twitter: www.twitter.com/texaschildrens.

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