Parents can do their part to keep children healthy in simple ways.
Make sure children drink enough water.
Headaches can be caused by dehydration. By thinning secretions and mucus, water can help relieve allergy symptoms. Encourage your child to drink water before, during and after school.
Make sure children are well rested.
Children aged 3-5 years need about 12 hours of sleep while children aged 6-11 years need at least 10 hours of sleep every night. Often the health office has early morning visitors who haven't gotten enough sleep or who've skipped breakfast.
Make sure your child eats a morning meal.
Picky eaters might be coaxed into breakfast non-traditional ways. Try offering your child a yogurt smoothie with fruit or a peanut butter banana
sandwich or toast in hopes of avoiding a missed meal.
Make sure to teach your child about washing.
Teach your child to wash with soap and warm water
after going to the bathroom, before eating and at
any other time hands and nails are dirty.
Discuss nose picking and nose blowing and proper disposal of tissues with your child.
Teach sneeze etiquette by teaching your child to
avoid hand contamination by sneezing into his or her elbow.
Consider sharing non -medical issues.
Many times when kids complain of headaches or stomach aches they may be nervous about a personal matter. If a family pet has died or a family member is
seriously ill, think about informing the nurse and teacher. Maybe a hug and chat is what's needed to get through the day.
Make sure school personnel have current home and work contact numbers. You’ll want to be notified if your child is injured or ill at school. Rehearse contact numbers with your child.
Schedule a meeting with the nurse to discuss special situations that may warrant a plan of care for your child.