The first day for Akron Public School students is August 28, 2013. Back to school shopping for parents may be comprised of stocking up on school supplies and getting new clothes for their children. Yet, there is a health aspect that parents should also be aware of. Back to school means kids once again will be subject to exposure of germs.
While making sure your child has school supplies and clothing, parents may want to review important health measures to ensure your child stays healthy.
- Many schools in the Akron area require students to bring in Kleenex or boxes of tissue to have on hand for stuffy noses. Consider stocking up on related items such as hand soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfect wipes. These items are useful at home, but some classrooms also have a need for such products. Kids should be practicing good hygiene habits such as hand washing and covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze to minimize spreading of germs.
- Get annual checkups scheduled if you haven’t already. This is a good time to review potential vaccines your child may need when entering a new school year. Akron Children’s Hospital provides information regarding vaccinations for school age children. Don’t forget about dental cleanings!
- Prepare for cold and flu season. Last school year in and around Akron, a high number of student experienced cold symptoms. Even more dealt with the flu bug before and during Christmas break. Talk with your family doctor about flu vaccines and the best time to get them. Learn what symptoms to look for, especially when you sense a potential outbreak at your child’s school. Various stores that have school supplies on sale also have cold/flu medicines and vitamin supplements on sale. Stocking up now!
- Healthy lunches and after school snacks play a role in your child’s health. Some parents take the time to plan such meals now to get a head start on the school year. Be considerate of children who may have food allergies when packing lunches.
- Make sure to provide your child’s school with updated contact information in case of an emergency. Many schools will send home related paperwork with your child during their first week when they return to class.