Whenever your child enters a new school year, it is advisable to go with your family doctor or pediatrician for a routine checkup. The doctor will issue a certificate attesting that the student is fit for study. Besides this annual exam, it is good to consider other aspects, such as emotional preparation or vision control.
Here are 13 things you need to do to make sure your baby has no health problems!
Prepare it physically and emotionally
You have already bought school supplies, sports equipment and other useful materials for school. Now is the time to help your child start a new school year, in perfect health.
Even if it is his first day of kindergarten or he is already a student at the gymnasium, the specialists recommend to carry out an ophthalmological check, as well as a dental check. At the same time, check his hearing and get all the required vaccines.
1. Ophthalmological control
Even if your pediatrician has not noticed any problems with vision, it is still good to schedule a visit to the ophthalmologist. Vision testing is one of the most important tests you have to do before your child starts school. This fact can help you optimize the child's learning outcomes during the school year.
In the classroom, 80% of the learning process is based on visual elements. The specialist doctor will test their ability to focus their eyes at a certain point, as well as their ability to look at objects in motion and to coordinate their eye movements.
2. Make sure you take frequent breaks when using your tablet
For high school or high school students, learning is increasingly based on the use of a tablet or computer. When your child uses an electronic device to do their homework, be sure to take their eyes off the tablet screen for at least 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, to look elsewhere.
Even if you find that this pause is too short, those 20 seconds are very important for the eyes because they give the child the opportunity to rest their eyes and relax their eyeball muscles.
At the same time, these short breaks prevent the appearance of problems associated with the constant use of communication technologies.
3. Vaccinate it against meningitis
Meningitis is a serious infectious disease, which is manifested by inflammation of the membranes (meninges) that envelop the brain, spinal cord and sometimes cerebrospinal fluid. Complications of the disease can lead to death.
The infection can be caused by viruses (viral meningitis) bacteria (meningococcal meningitis) or other microorganisms (fungal or cryptococcal meningitis) and is easily transmitted through saliva, kissing or coughing.
The most dangerous of all is bacterial meningitis because it results in death if not treated in time. Specialists recommend vaccinating children around the age of 11, 12 years. The vaccine can be repeated after 4 years, for increased protection.
4. Teach him to respect the traffic rules
Crowded intersections are a challenge for a child who goes to school alone. Therefore, it is good to take him to school up to the age of 10. Teach him to go it alone gradually. Ask him where he thinks he can handle himself and get used to going through parts of the road without you. That way, in a few weeks, he will be able to go to school alone.
5. Remind them to brush their teeth in time
During the summer vacation, children tend to skip brushing. Once the school year begins, remember to brush your teeth after each meal for two minutes.
6. Equip it properly for sports time
When your child attends sports hours, make sure he has the proper equipment and proper nutrition. At the same time, the sleep routine must be clear. When the child is in primary school, it is good to sleep at lunch, on days when he has hours of physical education.
7. Take care of your teeth
When the child is enrolled in a sports club, make sure it does not hurt in the mouth. Whether football, basketball or swimming, the risk of injury is always present. Specialists recommend that you invest in a gutter or dental protection.
Such a device is usually made of soft, elastic and tear resistant materials. They can be purchased from sports shops (self-healing acrylic gutters) or can be made to order, at the dentist's recommendation (individual protective gutters).
8. Check if the school has trained personnel to intervene in case of medical emergency
It is very important to communicate with the school, especially if you have a child with medical problems. Whether it is diabetes, asthma or food allergies to certain foods, ask the school management if the nurse is prepared to respond in an emergency and if she has the necessary medication in case of asthma, hypoglycemia or anaphylactic shock.
9. Follow the sleep schedule
During the summer vacation, your child tends to fall asleep later than usual. Plus, you're not that drastic with your sleep schedule either. Once the school is restarted, you need to stay firm and get used to the normal sleep schedule.
10. Make it easy for the first few days
If you see your child getting upset during the first days of school, you must know that this is normal. Try to bring him back into the atmosphere during the school year two weeks before the start of school.
Talk to him about your expectations, ask him if he is excited to see his colleagues again, or invite him to read something together.
You can initiate it in a subject you are just beginning to study. Show yourself excited by the new things you will have the opportunity to learn, to transmit a positive energy.
11. Teach the little one to be independent
Generally, the child gets used to the kindergarten environment quickly. The anxiety caused by the temporary separation from parents is short-lived and goes away in a few days. On the contrary, it may be harder for you to "break it" by yourself. Learn to give him independence, it will help him gain confidence in him and develop harmoniously.
12. Treat anxiety with the help of a specialist
In some cases, the child has difficulty adjusting to the new environment and suffers from a more pronounced form of anxiety. The child may invoke belly pain or nausea induced by fear of going to school.
Call a specialist if you see the little one refusing to go to kindergarten or school for more than two weeks in a row. The psychotherapist will decide which is the best form of treatment for severe anxiety, with a tendency to generalize.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as therapeutic-purpose walks, initiated to give the child the opportunity to face their own fears, can be of real help. If the child opposes resistance to therapy, a medication adapted to the age may be prescribed.
13. Empathy is very important
The most important thing to keep in mind is not to be the one to stir up the anxiety or fear of the child. Never express your preoccupation with the little one, you will convey to him your state of tension.
On the contrary, if the discussion is open to your child, listen to all their fears and try to calm him with a warm hug and encouraging words. Tell him about the fear you experienced in school and make sure that what he feels is absolutely normal.
All people are anxious about major changes. Your child should remember that he can rely on your help and understanding at any time.
How did you solve the situations in which your child encountered health problems or experienced fear? What other tips can you give your parents? Write us your opinion in the comments section below!
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