**Parents can keep their kids safe and healthy this school season with these tips from experts at Saudi German Clinic**
Times have changed, and now getting your kids ready for school involves more than just the fun shopping for school supplies and new clothes. Health and safety are the biggest concerns of many a parent, however, by cultivating the right habits in children, we can ensure that kids are physically and mentally prepared to go back to school. Consider these expert tips and advice from Saudi German Clinic’s Pediatric Doctor, Dr. Mahassen Dham Jallad while kickstarting the new back-to-school season.
INSTILL PROPER HYGIENE HABITS
Kids are usually carefree and love exploring things with their hands. At school, this could mean touching and picking up everything of interest around them. While we cannot prevent this completely, we can teach them a thing or two on how to maintain proper hygiene to stay healthy.
One of the most effective ways to avoid spreading or contracting germs is proper hand washing. Encouraging kids to sing the alphabet song or the happy birthday song while washing their hands would help them do it right. Reminding them to wash the fronts, the backs and in-between fingers is important. Reinforce the habit when they do it at home. A small bottle of hand sanitizer in the school bag will do great when soap and water aren’t available.
Hydration helps prevent fatigue, aids digestion, and enhances brain function. Keep your kids hydrated with healthy drink choices such as milk and fruit juices in addition to the recommended intake of water. Avoid sodas and other sugary drinks that usually come with unfavorable ingredients added in them.
It’s important to keep kids moving especially during school days when a lot of their time is spent on chairs or benches. Incorporating sports and exercise into their daily routine will keep them in a positive frame of mind, focused, and excited. Enrolling kids in regular after-school activities or including them in family walks or jogs to keep them moving are other ways to keep them active.
Getting your kids into a proper bedtime routine to give them enough sleep is very important. It is recommended that children get the following amount of sleep every day: Kids between 6 to 12 years should get around 9 to 12 hours of sleep, and teens aged 13 and over should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep. A little reading before bedtime should help with the transition.
EATING HEALTHY MEALS
The importance of a healthy breakfast cannot be stressed enough. Students who eat breakfast are more alert and awake during class than those who don’t. Healthy meals also mean a strong body that fights off infections.
Managing your kid’s allergies at school is an important part of caring for their health. Seasonal allergies are common, and can disrupt productive school days. Symptoms like fatigue, headache, sneezing, runny nose, itchiness, etc., can irritate kids and reduce focus. Keeping a tab on their allergies and informing their teachers ahead of time about how to manage them during school will help make it easier for everyone. An annual or bi-annual check-up with the doctor to ensure kids are healthy and virus-free could avoid major infections, especially during school days.
The Saudi German Clinic offers a full spectrum of services to patients of all ages and provides comprehensive and continuing health care for the whole family.
About Saudi German Clinics:
The Saudi German Clinic also offers a full spectrum of services to patients of all ages and provides comprehensive and continuing health care to the whole family. Equipped with a team of reputed doctors, expert nurses and technicians, and well-trained staff in medical departments of Dental, Dermatology, Gynecology, GP Medicine, Pediatrics, Orthopedic, Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, the Saudi German Clinic is setting a new example in the medical industry. The clinic is located at The Mall (ground floor), opposite to Jumeirah Beach Hotel.