In two days my daughter starts school. Even when I type it and read it back I have a hard time wrapping my head around this fact. My little girl is going to school. Is she ready for it? Yes I’m pretty confident that she is. She’s social, bright and soaking up information quicker than I can give it to her. She’s been in daycare since she was a year old so although it will be a transition I know that did help prepare her for school on some levels. She’s use to the structure and routine and interacting with other kids throughout her day. She is ready.
Am I ready? I’m not sure but I have no choice so I suppose I better get use to the idea. I’m confident that Molly will love school. I know I did. I loved everything about school when I was her age. But I do have some worries. And those worries have nothing do with my little girls readiness to go off to school. They have everything to do with her health.
Molly has a rather serious health condition. Last month I wrote about how we were able to get on top of her condition with the help of a wonderful Naturopathic Doctor. Molly is doing amazing now but we live with the knowledge that her condition can flare up at anytime. And the number one cause of a flare up is bugs. Viruses and bacterial infections are our worst enemy. And we all know school age children are like bug magnets. I take some comfort in the fact that Molly goes to daycare fulltime right now and is constantly exposed to all kinds of bugs, but I also know that schools and daycares are not the same. Schools do not need to adhere to the same level of cleaning that our daycare has to. They do not have the same guidelines for sending sick kids home. And there are just more kids. There is a reason that September is peek asthma month for kids…
I know that keeping our kids healthy is a priority for every parent. But for us it’s essential. Something as simple as a common cold could cause a major setback. So we do everything we can to minimize the risks. Of course these steps aren’t reserved for “high risk” kids. These are common sense, proven steps that every parent or caregiver can use to help keep not only their own kids sick but prevent spreading germs to other kids as well. In fact, as a parent of a high risk kid I urge you do what you can to keep all of our kids healthy.
Get a good nights sleep
This may be one of the most important and effective ways of helping to keep kids healthy. Not only do kids that have an adequate amount of sleep do better in school but sleep is so essential to good health. Establish a good bedtime routine and do your best to stick to it. For many kids, that routine is really important for bedtime.
Eat a balanced diet
There is nothing wrong with treats or going to your favorite fast food restaurant on occasion. What does matter is a balanced diet overall. We all need proper nutrition and that’s doubly important for growing children. If you need to do menu planning for the week do it (I literally just finished making a breakfast and school snack menu for my daughter for her half day kindergarten). If you have a picky eater or a highly active kid who could benefit from some supplements then talk to your doctor. If she recommends them then be sure to source out high quality products from a source you can trust.
Wash your hands
Another simple yet highly effective way to prevent illness. Be sure to teach your children proper hand washing techniques. An adequate hand washing should take a full 20 seconds, which is the length of a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or the ABC song. Teach your kids to lather well and to rinse well. Hand washing should be done, at a minimum, before each meal, after using the washroom, after coming in from playing outside or coming home from any outing, including school.
Keep things clean
It’s not just hands that spread germs, but everything that those germy hands touch. Door knobs, faucets, computer keyboards, phones and remote controls are some of the worst places for the spread of germs. Be sure to clean them often.
Cover your mouth
But please not with your hand – unless you will immediately wash your hands. Teaching kids to cough into a tissue (ideal) or into their arm can go along way in halting the spread of germs.
When it comes to anything that goes in or near your mouth teach your children not to share. Don’t share drinks, cutlery or pass around food that you need to bite off a piece.
Being psychically fit, whether you are an adult or a child, is an important part of good health. When your body is fit and healthy you are better able to fight off bugs, and if you do catch a bug it is easier to get over it if you have been taking care of your body.
You remember grandma saying “bundle up or you are going to catch a cold”? Well it turns out she was right – maybe. Despite finger wagging websites telling us for years now that’s a myth new studies are suggesting that exposure to cold may in fact leave us more susceptible to catching a cold.
Keep sick kids at home
I know this can be a challenge, especially for parents that work outside the home. But whenever it is even remotely possible, keep your sick kids at home. It’s best for them and it’s best for everyone.
Off to school we go
As September rolls in and we get ready to send our little ones off to school, some for the first time, and some back for another year, we do everything we can to prepare them, and ourselves. Whether your worried about keeping healthy, easing first day jitters, keeping your busy kid filled up or even helping to soothe bumps and bruises your active kid is prone to getting – you can trust in Orange Natural products to help.
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No matter what your needs are this fall as you send your kids off to school, Orange Naturals has something to help. Be sure to stop by the #onatural blog to get lots of great tips and advice for feeling your best and keeping your entire family healthy. You can also find Orange Naturals on Facebook for more information and fun!
Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own