Back to School Checklist – 4 Things Your Child Needs
Is your child prepared for the upcoming school year? As the new school year approaches, there are a few things you can do to prepare your child for success. Here is a list of resources that can help:
#1 Well Child Check
My child is not sick. Do they still need to visit the doctor? The short answer is – absolutely. Children need to have well child checks where the health care provider will measure their growth and development to find or prevent problems. Your child’s pediatrician will record your child’s height, weight, and other valuable information. Hearing, vision, and other screening tests will be part of some visits. In addition, the pediatrician will ask about how the child is doing in school and any concerns you may have.
Variety Care has a team of excellent pediatricians that are available to provide well child checks. By staying up to date on your child’s health, you can ensure your child stays healthy and happy.
While no one likes getting shots, vaccines are an important way to protect both individual children and the wider community from serious diseases. Vaccines work by exposing the body to a weakened form of a virus or bacteria, which helps the immune system build up its defenses.
Your child may need:
Vaccinated individuals are much less likely to become sick if they are exposed to the real thing. With back to school season upon us, now is the perfect time to make sure your child is up to date on all their vaccines. Call 405-632-6688 to schedule a vaccination appointment.
#3 Healthy Breakfast
A nutritious breakfast is the perfect way to start the day. It provides the energy and nutrients that your body needs to function properly and helps you to focus throughout the day.
A healthy breakfast includes:
fruits and vegetables
Whatever you choose, make sure that your breakfast contains a variety of nutrient-rich foods to jumpstart your day in the best way possible. If you would like to learn more about nutrition, Variety Care has certified dietitians that can guide you. Our dietitians can provide you with information about healthy eating habits, portion control, and the importance of nutrients.
#4 Good Night Sleep
A good night's sleep is important for your child's health and well-being. Make sure they are getting enough rest by establishing a bedtime routine and sticking to it. A consistent bedtime routine will help cue your child's body that it is time to wind down and go to sleep. Establishing a regular sleep schedule will also help ensure that your child is getting the recommended 9-12 hours of sleep per day.
By making sleep a priority, you can help your child feel their best and perform their best during the day.
Follow these four steps and your child will be for the new school year. To learn more about back to school services, visit varietycare.org/back-to-school or give us a call at 405-632-6688 to schedule your child’s next appointment.