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
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.
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 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.