A checklist for a happy, healthy school year
We interrupt your back-to-school shopping and concerns over what to put on your kid with a checklist for what you'll need to put in your kid.
In the last few weeks you have before sending your kids off to school, perhaps for the first time (that is not your cue to start crying), here's a checklist of medical/health needs you'll need to address soon, if not immediately: Shots
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keep a master list of state-by-state requirements of when kids need to receive certain inoculations before entering day care or school. (http://www.immunizationinfo.org/vaccines/state-requirements). Regardless of the stated requirements, be sure to check with your health care provider.
Now is the time to check with your school/coach if you have individual concerns/questions. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference mandates that all interscholastic athletes, including competitors on club teams, have physicals within 13 months of competition. Local schools determine the scope.
You have a couple of weeks until school starts. And you do have to feed your kids anyway. Use this time as a test run by trying out new foods that are not only healthy, but stuff they will actually eat.
Lisa Canada, a Fairfield nutritionist and dietitian, said feel free to ditch sandwiches in favor of finger foods, wraps and stuff kids can eat with a fork. And get them involved in the process.
"Now is a good time to experiment with something different from the monotony," she said. "Have them involved packing their own lunches. Studies show kids involved in the food prep will eat more."
If your child needs medical supplies on hand at school, they must be dropped off by a parent or guardian in an original container; students are not allowed to bring medications to and from school.
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, all medications, including over-the-counter meds such as aspirin, require a written order from the child's doctor stating medication, dosage, frequency and time, as well as a written statement from a parent or guardian requesting that the medications be administered. (Note: At the secondary level, epi-pens and inhalers and other emergency medications can be carried by students with written orders from doctors.)