Make it a Healthy School Year: 5 Recommendations from Your Pediatrician

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August 01, 2018
Make it a Healthy School Year: 5 Recommendations from Your Pediatrician
It won't be long before kids head back to the classroom for the start of another school year. While you need to make sure your child has all of the school supplies they need to succeed, it's just as important to make sure they have a healthy school year.
“The start of a new school year is exciting, but it can also be a little scary for some children,” said Stephen Bolduc, MD, a pediatrician with Sacred Heart Medical Group in Miramar Beach. “They also can be more exposed to germs from other school kids. But by having our children take some basic steps, they can stay healthier throughout the school year.”

Dr. Bolduc recommends these tips to help your child stay healthy. 
1.       Wash away the germs. Encourage your child to wash their hands often. Whether it's soap and water or hand sanitizer, clean hands go a long way in reducing the spread of germs and infectious diseases.
2.       Don't skip the shots. Before your child walks into the classroom, make sure their immunizations are up to date. And don't forget about the flu. It is recommended that all school-age children get the flu vaccine, unless they have an allergy to the vaccine or a health problem that will cause complications from the vaccine.
3.       Visit the doctor. A check-up is a great way to make sure your child’s school year gets off to a healthy start. It's also an opportunity to get a physical for your child, which is usually required for kids who will be playing a sport.
4.       Getting sleep schedules back on track. Before they head back to classroom, get your kids back on their school year sleep schedule. Start readjusting bedtimes several days out so children are hitting the pillow earlier. And encourage them to cut back on playing games and watching their favorite programs in the evening.
5.       Good food = good health. A healthy diet is the fuel children need to succeed in the classroom. Make sure you child is eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and foods low that are low in fat and rich in protein, such as fish, eggs and beans.
When it comes to care for your kids, you need a doctor who listens to children and understands them, like you do. If you would like to speak to an expert from Sacred Heart Medical Group about getting your child off to a healthy start this school year, please contact me at 850-278-3885.
Sacred Heart Medical Group offers the largest network of primary care and specialty physicians in Northwest Florida, with more than 80 locations and 300 providers along the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores, Ala., to Apalachicola, Fla.  We have physicians in more than 25 specialties, ready to provide personalized compassionate care to people of all ages. The Medical Group is supported by the hospitals and resources of Sacred Heart Health System.   

About Sacred Heart Health System
In Florida, Ascension operates Sacred Heart Health based in Pensacola and St. Vincent’s HealthCare based in Jacksonville.  Together, Ascension operates seven hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care, and they employ nearly 10,000 associates. Across the region, Sacred Heart and St. Vincent’s have served North Florida communities for more than 145 years. In fiscal year 2017, they provided $168 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty. Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension includes approximately 165,000 associates and 34,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 153 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Sacred Heart Health System, visit www.sacred-heart.org.