NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Parents may be busy loading backpacks and buying computer supplies and clothing for their kids heading back to school, but there are even more important things mom and dad should be concerned about: a health and safety checklist that helps ensure their child’s excursion back into the classroom is safe and happy.
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles has a checklist of health and safety moves parents should make before their kids hit the schoolyard. Here’s a snapshot of the CHLA list:
Get vaccinated. The experts at CHLA say vaccinations are “the key to your child’s health” and can vastly reduce the odds of serious illnesses such as whooping cough, measles and chickenpox (the first two of which are on the rise, the hospital reports). “Although these diseases are vaccine-preventable, they continue to circulate worldwide and cause infections in un-immunized children here in the United States,” says Jeffrey Bender, a CHLA disease specialist. “It is very important that children receive and update their vaccines for the well-being of themselves and others.”
Parents should also get their kids practicing good hygiene. Going back to school means more interactions with other children, and that raises the risk of germs being transferred to your child. Schoolchildren should wash their hands before lunch and school break periods, when they will likely interact directly with other children. Finally, kids should have a safe route to school if they walk or bike, and parents should go over proper cellphone use so they’re used responsibly (including not using them when walking to school).