1. Get a check-up
Make sure your children have been seen for a physical to check their health and discuss any concerns, such as allergies and the ability to play sports. Medi-Station does school and sports physicals with no appointments necessary.
2. Keep immunizations current
Under the Florida Law, children are required to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools, childcare centers and other educational programs. We can fill out and confirm the Florida state vaccination records for your children seven days a week.
3. Update medical information
Let the school know of any medications your child takes, both at home and at school, as well as any medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, allergies or psychological issues. Be sure to provide contact information for your pediatrician and Medi-Station along with medical emergency instructions.
4. Review safety rules
Remind your children not to talk to strangers and never to get into a stranger’s car, no matter what the circumstances. Choose a “code word” that only you, your children and trusted friends and family members know in case someone else has to pick them up and instruct your children never to trust anyone who doesn’t know the code word.
Teach your children their address and phone number to contact you. They cannot depend on speed dial in a cell phone. Instruct them to find a parent, teacher or other trusted adult immediately if they don’t feel safe.
5. Establish emergency procedures
Familiarize your family with the school’s emergency procedures, and provide current contact information for parents and other relatives. Decide on a meeting point near the school where you can meet your child in case of an emergency if you cannot reach him or her by telephone.
6. Make helmets a must
Does your child ride a bike to school? Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. Choose a helmet that meets federal safety standards and fits correctly. According to the National Safety Council, a helmet should fit low and snug across the forehead. If you look up and can’t see the helmet, it’s too far back.
7. Avoid backpack overload
A backpack that’s too heavy or worn incorrectly can strain a child’s neck or back and may cause injury. Backpacks should be lightweight with two wide, well-padded shoulder straps, a padded back, and a waist strap. Pull both straps tightly enough so that the pack fits snugly against the back, but doesn’t pull on the shoulders. Distribute the weight of items within the pack evenly on both sides, and keep it light.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that backpacks not exceed 10 to 20 percent of the child’s weight. Consider a rolling backpack if allowed by the school.
8. Stand up to bullying
Bullying is a serious problem, yet many victims don’t speak up for fear of ridicule or retaliation. Address bullying with your kids to educate them on the issue. If you suspect your child is a victim of bullying, encourage him or her to tell you what is going on. Ask questions and offer support and comfort.
9. Set reasonable schedules
Sports and extra-curricular activities help kids learn skills, socialize and have fun, but too much of a good thing can become stressful and ultimately negate the benefits. Being constantly worn down or not getting enough sleep stresses the immune system and increases the chances of catching colds and viruses.
10. Keep talking
With everyone on busy schedules, it can be difficult to find time to sit and talk with your kids.
Make a point of asking your children about their day every afternoon or evening and let them know you are interested in their lives. Not only does this let your kids know you care, but it can also help open the door to conversations about problems or concerns.
Medi-Station, as always, will be open 7 days a week to get your children back to school fast after any injuries or illnesses. We wish you a great school year!