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How to Ensure a Healthy Back to School Season

With the new school year approaching quickly, kids are looking forward to seeing their classmates and parents are eagerly awaiting the structure of the school day. But while you’re out shopping for new clothes and school supplies, take a few minutes to consider the health needs of your child during the school year. Instilling good health habits in your child now will serve him or her well throughout a lifetime. If you have any concerns about your child’s wellness and you live in Las Vegas, consider talking to a pediatrician at Southern Hills Hospital.

Sleep

Sleep is essential for your child’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. It’s also an important cornerstone in academic progress. Every child’s sleep requirements are a little different, but most kids between the ages of six and 13 need about nine to 11 hours of sleep each night. If your child has been staying up late on summer nights, begin enforcing a consistent, earlier bedtime well before school starts. If your child has trouble getting to bed, make sure he or she enjoys quiet, non-stimulating activities that do not involve electronic devices before going to bed.

Nutrition

Your child’s pediatrician can offer guidance on his or her specific nutritional needs. In general, every child should eat a nutritious breakfast that ideally includes whole grains, calcium, a protein source, and a fruit or vegetable. Talk with your child about making healthy choices in the school cafeteria or send him or her to school with a nutritious lunch.

Bullying

Bullying is a major problem in schools. Many parents think of bullying as a social issue, rather than a health issue. But in fact, bullying can cause physical harm and lasting psychological damage. Let your child know that bullying is not acceptable and that being bullied is not his or her fault. Help your child develop strategies for dealing with bullying if it happens. You can encourage your child to maintain open communication with you by being a good listener and avoiding the use of judgmental comments. Making observational remarks such as, “That must have hurt your feelings,” can encourage your child to further discuss the issue.

Southern Hills Hospital is your family’s partner in wellness. We offer responsive emergency care, compassionate maternity services, and comprehensive orthopedic care to families throughout Las Vegas. If you have a question about our hospital services or would like to request a referral to a specialist, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700.