Updated: 07/24/2017 4:09 PM | Print Story |  Email

Back to School Advice

Before you grab those new pencils for back to school pick up an alarm clock. Dr. Ryan Dick from Entira Family Clinics gives us his own list to help prepare your kids for back to school.

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National Sleep Foundation Guidelines
Suggests kids between the ages of 3 and 5 get 10 to 13 hours of sleep a night
Suggests kids between 6 to 13 need 9 to 11 hours of sleep
Teens 14 and older should get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night

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School physical
keep vaccinations up-to-date
Illnesses coming back that can be prevented with vaccinations

  • Chicken pox
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Whooping cough

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Prepare for medical care away from home
Provide your college freshman with their own copy of their insurance card
Write down any important health information. Do they have allergies, current medications and health history
The Meningococcal Vaccine is recommended for college freshmen living in dormitories.

Other vaccine recommendations-
Information from http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/18/the-vaccines-your-college-freshman-needs/

  1. Tdap (tetanus, diphtherla, and acellular pertussis) vaccine-prevents whooping cough and a tetanus shot
  2. Human papillomavirus (HPV) –protects against cervical cancer, anal cancer, and genital warts
  3. Flu shot
  4. Measles
  5. Mumps
  6. Rubella Varicella –Chickenpox or proof of having had the disease
  7. Hepatitis B

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The main cause of frequent colds or illness is your child being exposed to new viruses -- increases during winter
Kids can have diarrhea illnesses with or without vomiting two to three times per year
Some common illness that we see when school is back in session are

  1. Lice
  2. Hand, Foot and Mouth disease
  3. Pink eye
  4. Fifth disease
  5. Impetigo
  6. Strep throat
  7. Scabies