Back-to-School Tips

July 23, 2018

As summer break comes to an end, it is time to prepare your child for a new school year! Research shows a child’s health is linked to their academic achievement. At AltaMed, we are ready to help you every step of the way. Here are a few tips on how to keep your children healthy this school year:

kids getting a checkup

Before the school year starts

  • Make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. A moment of discomfort can protect your child from serious illness. 
  • A trip to the dentist will help your child start the  school year with good dental hygiene.
  • Help your child see their way to the top of the class with a visit to their eye doctor. 
  • Notify the school about allergies, medical conditions and any medications your child may need. 

family breakfast

Master the morning routine

  • Pack school materials the night before so their backpack is ready to grab and go.
  • A healthy breakfast will give children the nutrition and energy they need throughout the school day.
  • Leave the house early to avoid rushing. A smooth morning sets the tone for the rest of the school day!

boy sleeping

Keep a tight night schedule

  • Set a sleep schedule in order for your child to be well-rested.
  • Cut back on screen time and foods high in sugar at least two hours before bedtime. 
  • Prepare an outfit the night before to save time and hassle in the morning.
  • Children can wind down by reading, taking a soothing bath, or engaging in quiet activities. 

girl with notebook

Mental well-being and the classroom

  • Tour the new campus or classroom to prevent first day jitters. 
  • Communicate with their teacher bimonthly to check in on your child’s progress and needs.
  • Talk to your child about being a good student and friend to avoid poor study habits and bullying.
  • Develop your child’s strengths, interests, and talents so they can be confident. 

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