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Let’s Talk Kids Health

In just a few weeks now we will see our children return to or start school. As a parent, you are no doubt busily getting them prepared so that they get off to the best start possible. You may also have other things on your mind, such as their academic success. Or will they make new friends easily and get along with their new teachers? You may also worry about your child’s overall health during this important transition. Encouraging healthy habits in your child make sure that they eat healthily, even when at school. Check out healthy tips from Emslie’s Floreat Pharmacy to help ensure a healthy & happy new year for your children.

Focus on your child's nutrition

School aged children learn quickly and are influenced by friends and popular trends. This is an important time to talk about and encourage healthy eating habits. Involving children in planning and preparing their own lunchboxes educates them about nutrition. This also helps your kids in making informed decisions.

If you have a picky eater in your household:

 

risks your child may face

School is a place where your kids spend most of their time in a day and while it is certainly the best place for them, it can also be a hotbed for kid’s illnesses. Usually, classrooms are neat and well-ordered but 20 or more kids in a classroom can increase the opportunity for sickness to spread.

Common school ground illnesses include the nasty duo – head lice and worms. The good news is, they are totally manageable, here’s how!

Head lice 101 – The most common way to get head lice is by head-to-head contact that often happens during play time, sport activities and sleepovers. If your child does get head lice try Neutralice.

In the Know: Worms – Worms can easily spread in schools and places where children interact with each other, as they often share their food, pencils, devices and books. But don’t fret, you can effectively treat threadworms with Combantrin.

Sleep is an essential building block for your child’s mental and physical well-being. Most children need 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. ¹ It is important to establish a sleep ritual early in the school year.

 

Pain too can have a significant impact on the quality of life of children at any age and affect their ability to function from day-to-day. Many different things cause pain; injuries being the most common.

For mild pain, such as from a new tooth, over-the-counter children’s ibuprofen or paracetamol may be helpful. These are often used in combination with non-medicine strategies. In more serious cases (such as pain from a broken bone), a doctor may need to prescribe stronger medicines² which of course we can supply through prescription.

 

References:
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/back-to-school-health-tips-for-parents-infographic
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/acute-pain-management-children


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