The kids are gearing up to head back to school which means some exciting reunions with their friends, early morning lunchbox making for you, homework, probably a few sighs and inevitably a few illnesses here and there.
To make sure your little academic can make the most of the school year, we’ve put together a few ways to keep your child healthy and fighting fit.
Is it contagious?
During childhood, kids can be struck with a variety of illnesses and viruses. The best thing you can do is trust your instincts. If your child seems lethargic and just not himself (if he’s not interested in playing, that is often a big clue), keep him home and monitor him for any signs of illness. For things that seem a bit more serious, it’s a good idea to go to the doctor. Find out if they should be staying home and for how long.
Tackling head lice
Lice. Nits. Creepy crawlies. They’re known by many names but no matter what you call them, there is no denying that head lice is a huge pain. Every year there seems to be a spike in lice hitting schools and daycares, so to combat lice head-on, we have a few hairstyles and treatments to try and keep lice at bay.
Children need the full alphabet of vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. So how much do they need and what foods are the best sources? Many of the vitamins and minerals a child’s body needs to stay healthy are easy enough to get through a balanced diet.
Hayfever vs. colds
When your child is sneezing, sniffing and spluttering, do you automatically think it’s another cold, or could it be hayfever? The symptoms can be very similar in young children so it’s understandable why they are often confused. Both are equally distracting for children, especially when they’re studying, so knowing the difference can help you treat their ailments correctly.
Getting their eyes tested
With up to 1 in 4 Kiwi kids suffering from an undiagnosed eye condition, it’s important to make sure your child has their eyes checked every 2 years to make sure any potential issues are detected early so they can be managed effectively.
Many parents don’t realise that long term eye issues such as a squint or lazy eye have a higher chance of being avoided if they are detected and treated before a child turns eight. As the eye is still developing until the age of eight, if detected early enough, many problems can be easily corrected, usually with glasses.
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Written by Kidspot
The information contained in this article is not intended and must not be taken to be the provision or practice of medical advice or services nor a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your medical professional.