Beat the back to school blues
Friday 22nd August
As summer starts to fade and we start sharpening our pencils for the new term, here are our tips for helping your kids stay healthy when they go back to school.
Beginning the new routine before school starts can help children adapt. This might mean going to bed on time, getting up a bit earlier, practising packing their bag and scheduling lunch or “play” time to sync with the school day. This will prepare them physically and mentally for the transition from holidays to school, and ensure they are well rested and ready to go.
Classic childhood illnesses
When small children go into the big wide world - or at least primary school - they are suddenly exposed to a wide variety of viruses and bugs. You can’t stop them catching things, but you can be prepared for the consequences: have nit treatment, paracetamol, cough medicine, vapour rub, rehydration powders and plasters to hand. Be prepared!
Keep in touch
You’ll probably have already given the school contact details in case your child is sick, but it’s worth making sure that these are up to date. It’s also worth making sure your child knows what to do if they feel unwell and what’s going to happen.
A new school term can throw up all sorts of issues, and sometimes it pays to be ahead of the game. In the last couple of weeks of the holiday, it could be worth addressing any issues you may have. Get eye tests, dentist visits or GP appointments out of the way.
If it’s the first time your child is going to school, the transition can be difficult for both you and them. Separation anxiety is common and something you should address. Make sure your child understands where they are going, and that you will be coming back. Go and visit the school first with them. If you’re really worried, speak to their teacher about how you can help and what you could do to make sure your child feels secure and happy