Children attending a preschool program, including a licensed daycare center, nursery, childcare facility, family home care, or Head Start Program are required to be immunized appropriately for the age of the child. Preschoolers should receive all the doses of each vaccine for their age group, and according to current immunization schedules as published by the Utah Department of Health.
Treatment for back to school anxiety:
While returning to school is exciting for most children, it can be a stressful time for some. Family Healthcare offers integrated medical and behavioral health services, so it is possible for a child to receive counseling during a well-child visit. A brief visit with a therapist can help children to overcome anxious feelings associated with returning to school. Our providers offer an environment where children feel safe expressing and overcoming their fears. Starting the school year with a confident, positive outlook, as well as a few coping tools, is a great way to reduce anxiety and get off to a good start.
Children and sleep:
After a relaxed summer schedule it’s good for children to reestablish routines before their return to school. Sleep is a key element in the health of a child. Enough sleep helps children remain alert, engaged and relaxed. Since children need time to transition from a summer to school schedule, starting an earlier bedtime one or two weeks before school begins will give kids time to gradually adjust to the new schedule. Establishing a routine sleep schedule and keeping bedtime a relaxed time of day, without screens, is very helpful to ensuring children are not stressed or anxious. A quiet, dark room, with comfortable temperature for sleeping will help children get a good night of rest. Since adults are role models, it’s helpful when everyone gets enough sleep, and are well rested and with a positive mood and energy for the day.
Back to School Hygiene:
School means more exposure to germs. Helping children curb the spread of germs keeps everyone healthy and well enough to be learning in school. Here are some hygiene tips that children returning to school, and their family members can practice.
- Hand Washing – washing hands with soap and water regularly helps to prevent germs and sickness from spreading. Teaching kids to be aware of what they are touching and to remember to wash hands afterward is a very good habit that prevents illness.
- Cough and Sneeze Care – covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or into the elbow limits the number of germs that get shared.
- Stay home when sick – this will prevent the spread of illness and ensure children who are sick are in a comfortable environment that promotes a quicker recovery.
- Clean electronics – phones, tablets, and other portable devices are hotbeds for germs. Keeping them clean by wiping them down regularly will help to minimize germ exposure in a school environment and elsewhere.