It’s that time of year again! Can you feel the traffic? How about all of those yellow school buses? If you have a child going back to school, keep in mind that they are going to be exposed to a number of new and familiar faces. Back to school season can be a fun and exciting time in your child’s life, but increased exposure to viruses and other illnesses is also a reality. Safeguarding your child is always a priority. Here are a few tips to help your children have a successful and healthy return to the school system.
Back to School Tips
- Make sure your child has their medication. If your child suffers from a chronic condition such as diabetes or asthma, it is essential that they carry any necessary medication on their person. Rescue inhalers and other essentials are needed in an environment that can be ripe with medical triggers. If you need help with your prescriptions, consider a prescription assistance program.
- A healthy diet is incredibly important for a growing child. Make sure that they are well-fueled, hydrated and ready to learn! Don’t pack sugary sodas and snacks in their lunch. Instead, try something healthier: fruits and veggies can help immune systems fight off illness and solid protein sources can help them grow big and strong.
- Daily exercise has been shown to help fight off infection. It has been shown that healthy people get sick less and exercise is an essential part of that equation. Resistance training and sports have a positive social and mental health benefit as well.
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. Raising a child can be difficult. However, raising a child when both the child and parent have no sleep can be even more difficult. Setting a bed time and sticking to your guns is something that you should make a priority. If your child is sleep-deprived, it can raise their risk of infection. They’ll also be falling asleep in class!
- If your child has a serious health allergy or chronic health condition, make sure to notify the nursing staff at school. They can help provide accommodations for your child to avoid any serious complications. If your child needs help with medication reminders, usually the nursing staff can help with reminding your child.
- Vaccinate your child! These are usually the best course for preventing illness and most school districts have a list of required vaccinations to help prevent the spread of infectious and dangerous disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annul flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age. Many clinics give these out for free! Get educated about the flu and stay healthy!
- Be a good role model to your child. It is a lot easier to suggest all of these things – a healthy diet, sports and exercise, doing homework and keeping up with household chores – if you are leading by example. If you’re walking the walk, your child is much more likely to listen to your advice.
- Assign chores. Make sure your child is not only physically healthy, but mentally healthy. Setting small tasks throughout the day (such as homework, making their bed, cleaning the living room and taking out the trash) can create a sense of accomplishment in your child and a sense of well-being in yourself.
If you or your child is under insured or uninsured, we can help. We bring together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualified patients without prescription drug coverage get medications through prescription assistance programs. We understand that the start of the new school semester can strain your wallet. If you’re paying hundreds of dollars per month for your prescriptions, we are here to help. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about our prescription assistance programs! We hope that you have a healthy and safe back to school season!