Leon County Parents,
If you are like most of us, you have concerns with kids going back to school. Forget dealing with a pandemic for a minute. It is very common that kids get colds in the first 6 weeks after going back to school. They are adjusting to a new schedule, sleep habits must change, and of course they are surrounded by a lot more people. Add the pandemic and its challenges; it is not uncommon we are all a little nervous.
Here are a few tips to help keep them healthy this back to school season. Remember, these are only recommendations and we encourage parents to do their own research and consult your physician with questions and concerns.
- Slowly start adjust your child’s sleep patterns to fit the new school schedule. You might try adjustments in 30 minute intervals. This is a great way to get your child on a normal school schedule without drastic changes and most likely little resistance.
- Make sure they are drinking plenty of water. Not flavored water, just plan water. You would be amazed at many issues can be solved with proper hydration. The majority of adults are not properly hydrated, so kids are most likely not hydrated either. Remember their metabolisms are much faster than adults so they need a lot of water to full their systems.
- Keep your child’s nails trimmed. A lot of people do not realize how long nails can catch dirt underneath them and hold a lot of bacteria. No matter how many times we tell our kids not to touch their face or don’t put your fingers in their mouth, it is going to happen.
- Keep sugary foods and foods that have caffeine to a minimum after 5 pm. We know this can be challenging, but processing sugar puts a tremendous strain on the body causing it to use a lot of energy. If you wonder why your kids are dragging in the morning, it could be their body was working overtime while they were sleeping or they just could not get good REM sleep.
- Vitamins. Good quality vitamins. You have to do a little research on this one to make sure you find good vitamins and the right amounts. The days of just giving them a Flintstone vitamin and be done with it is long gone. Important vitamins that many people don’t look into is garlic, D3, probiotics and fish oil.
The above ideas may seem like a lot, but if you slowly transition into each step and take your time it will become a new routine with most likely little resistance. Drop the bomb and change everything at once…be prepared for a fight. LOL
If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama