Across New York State, parents are busy getting their kids ready to return to class. Alongside feelings of anticipation, many adults are experiencing a small twang of apprehension when it comes to your child sharing germs with other kids. If this describes you, it is good to know that you are not alone.
One New York hospital is doing its best to ease parental concerns by providing a wide range of healthcare services for kids and teens while offering general tips to make sure your kids have safer and more productive year. Weill Cornell Medicine has been looking out for the health and welfare of children and families since 1898.
Promoting Better Health For Your Kids at School
Get a checkup. The number one way to help keep your kids healthy is to take them for an annual checkup. A yearly checkup gives your doctor a chance to ensure your children are developing correctly and to catch in health issues as early as possible. A checkup is a good time to have your doctor give your kids vision and hearing tests.
Have a flu shot. Getting the flu is no fun, and it can have severe complications for younger children. Boost your child’s immunity against getting ill by bringing them in for a flu shot. Each year the start of the flu season varies, but for the best results, many health professionals suggest you get a shot before November. Depending on the age of your child he may need one or two doses, so plan ahead.
Make sure your kids’ vaccinations are current. Vaccinations not only protect your child from catching an illness from another person but can help to stop the spread of disease. Kids in NYC who attend public school need to be vaccinated unless they qualify for an exemption. NYC Health + Hospitals offer an option HPV vaccination which may prevent certain cancers.
Maintain proper nutrition and weight control. Three in 10 kids and teens are overweight or obsess in the US. Help your kids avoid weight issues by providing healthy alternatives. Choosing water over sugary drinks and substituting fresh fruit or vegetables for a fatty snack will not only have your child feeling and looking better, but can improve learning and lower behavior problems.
Have an early bedtime. Most children do better in class and miss less school when they get enough sleep. Go ahead and be the ‘bad guy’ and set a bedtime. For optimal development and health, elementary school students need between 9 and 11 hours per night while older kids need only an hour less.
For more information about ways to help keep your child healthy this school year, visit the website of your local New York hospital to discover programs and events in your area.