Seems those back – to - school supply lists get longer every year! It can be quite a chore collecting the pencils, notebooks, backpacks and countless other items on your child’s list, but don’t forget to attend to their Health Checklist too!
According to WebMD, the average American child has six to 10 colds a year. The CDC reports that infectious diseases account for millions of school days lost each year for kindergarten through 12th-grade public school students in the United States:
- 40% of children aged 5–17 years missed 3 or more school days in the past year because of illness or injury.
- Nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to colds alone.
"Children gathering in schools is one of the main ways germs circulate in communities," says Athena P. Kourtis, MD, PhD, MPH, a pediatrician and author of Keeping Your Child Healthy in a Germ-Filled World.
- Children's immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they're more susceptible to germs.
- At school, kids are in close contact with each other.
- And they tend to have germy habits, such as sticking fingers and objects in their mouths.
In fact, children's colds cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness. And every parent knows how easily colds passed to other family members once one child gets sick! All that can mean lost work days for the grown-ups.
What can a parent do? WebMD has a great list of ways parents can help protect their children art school. Click here to get to the article.
Help protect your child from inside as well as out. Make sure that she gets enough sleep and exercise, avoids stress, and eats a well- balanced diet. Pack a healthy lunch and snacks. Encourage her to drink water at school to help keep her immune system strong.
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