With the festive season over and the children back at school, you may have bought school supplies and clothes. But, it’s also a good idea to take make sure your children have a healthy year ahead. These tips may help you give your child a healthy start to the school year.
Go for an annual checkup
Make sure you take your children to the doctor for an annual checkup. An annual physical exam aims to ensure your child is healthy and virus-free before going back to class. It is also the perfect time to update any prescriptions and has medicine or other forms signed by your child’s doctor if you need to. Chat to your children regularly to make sure they’re feeling well. Bonitas offers various benefits for consultations for children.
Choose nutritious foods
Eating a variety of healthy foods is important for your child’s wellbeing. Snacks like soft drinks, chips and cookies are easily accessible with no preparation necessary and often end up in your child’s lunchbox because of this. Choose healthy alternatives instead. Stock up on healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and whole-grain bread. Take a few minutes on the weekend to cut up fruits and vegetables for convenience in the mornings, and have plenty of containers for nutritious dinner leftovers. Consider getting an insulated lunch bag with a small ice pack to allow more variety with lunches.
Teach basic hygiene
One way to stop your child from bringing germs home from school and getting sick is hand washing. Soap and water are best. But hand sanitisers will do when they don’t have soap and water. Encourage your child to spend enough time washing their hands. Tell them to sing the alphabet song from start to finish as they wash between fingers and the fronts and backs of their hands. Remind your child to cough or sneeze into their elbow or sleeve if they don’t have a tissue. Teach them to wash hands after using the bathroom and before eating lunch or a snack.
Have a good night’s sleep
It’s essential for children and adults to get a healthy amount of sleep each night to stay focused through the day. Sleep is important for a child’s brain activity. Rest helps keep their immune system strong. So try to get your children into a disciplined sleep routine. Although sleep needs vary between people, most adults need about eight hours of sleep each night and children typically need more than eight hours. Sticking to a routine is important too, so don’t let weekends become regular late-nights.
Visit the dentist
Take your child for a dental check-up to make sure everything is alright with their teeth. A trip to the dentist can be scary for a child as they continue to grow and their teeth fall out. Teach your child that visiting the dentist is not a choice. Tell them the dentist will help them take care of their teeth so their teeth are strong enough to be used to eat and the dentist helps stop cavities. Also, explain that the dentist wants them to have a beautiful smile for years ahead. Bonitas covers a dental checkup once every six months on most plans.
Going back to school is stressful for children and parents. But too much stress can lead to health issues like not being able to sleep or sluggish immune systems. Talk to your child about anything that’s bothering them. Take care not to overload anyone’s schedule including your own. School work and after-school activities are important. But it’s also important to take time to relax, play and spend time together as a family.
We are here to help
Bonitas provides a range of benefits to help keep your children healthy. These include cover for taking your child to the doctor and dentist, as well as Babyline, a 24 hour telephonic health advice line. We aim to give you peace of mind by providing you with healthcare advice you need urgently, save you unnecessary trips to the Emergency Room and keep your child safe and happy.