The school year is right around the corner and as all parents have their children’s health and best interests in mind, it can be stressful getting them ready for the academic year.
In recent years, there has been an increase in health concerns and there have been many discussions and thoughts about protecting children, especially in terms of going back to school healthy and ready to learn.
To help make the transition into the new academic year easy, Connector in conversation with doctors in the UAE, has provided some ways to help your children start the new year in a healthy and safe way.
Getting a whole health check-up done before the start of the academic year for your child can help alleviate the stress felt about your child’s well-being and gives a sense of relief knowing they are going back to school in good health.
As well as the standard tests within a typical check-up, children that have travelled to and from certain countries are advised to take further tests. Dr Ashok Lodha, Specialist Paediatrician and Neonatologist at Dubai London Hospital advised that, “A paediatrician will conduct a routine general and systemic examination to rule out any illness, including dental and vision examinations; an anthropometry examination to see for any major weight loss or weight gain; and check vaccination status, especially if there is a travel history in endemic zones for malaria, dengue, meningitis, typhoid or COVID-19. Give influenza shots, as influenza season is approaching, and check for worm infestation.”
Once the school year begins, the whole process is an extremely stimulating experience for children. Following these tips can help ensure their safety.
Prioritise mental health: Schools are a turbulent time for children and making sure they do not get affected by the stress is extremely important. By incorporating stimulating activities as well as spending quality time, it can help manage their stress load. Dr Ashok Lodha, Specialist Paediatrician and Neonatologist at Dubai London Hospital advised that, “Improving EQ (emotional quotient) and SQ (spiritual quotient), having at least one major meal together with the whole family, and at that time, switching phones and TV off, participating in household chores for the team and temperament-building skills, and participating in volunteer activities on weekends.” This can help keep a child happy while also staying productive.