Is your child “back to school check list” complete?

Is your child “back to school check list” complete?

 

Now that summer is coming to an end and the school year is starting up, the Livingston Health department would like to remind its residents to take a second look and make sure their children’s back to school check list is truly complete.

  1. Has your child or children been seen by the Pediatrician for an annual physical?
  2. Is your child up to date with his/her vaccines?
  3. Have they had their routine dental cleaning this year?
  4. Have they had their routine eye exam?

Other than the above, another very important question is; Are you and your child getting enough sleep? The National Sleep Foundation offers guidelines for the amount of sleep adults and children should get at different ages. They suggest between the ages 3 to 5 a child should get about 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night; between the ages 6 to 13 children need approximately 9 to 11 hours of sleep; and teens 14 to 17 should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night; adults 18 to 65 (this includes you mom and dad) should get between 7-9 hour of sleep a night!  If you or your child find it hard to fall asleep at night try a few helpful tips.  Try taking a hot bath or shower before bed.  The body’s natural mechanism in which it cools itself down will help you or your child sleep.  Also diminish exposure to stimulating light; ie smart phones, tablets, televisions and computers at least an hour before bed time. Hopefully these smart tips make a big impact this new school year!

http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need/page/0/1