A woman seeing off her young son.

School And Scrapes And Sickness, Oh My!

Going back to school is an exciting time for both students, and for parents. However, it can also be a little stressful, especially when it comes to thinking about to keep your child healthy and safe. Odds are that your child has had a scrape or two in their time, and there’s also decent chance that it’s happened at school. It’s also very likely that you sent them to school perfectly healthy on Monday morning, and by Friday half your house was sick with something your child brought home. While sometimes bumps and bruises are unavoidable, and occasionally they might get a cold out of the blue, there are some things you can do to minimize all that.

Easy As 1-2-3

First things first, be sure your child understands the importance of hand washing. Your child may be good about staying clean, but schools have a lot of germs floating around. By keeping their hands clean, children can help minimize their chances of getting sick. Using a little hand sanitizer from time to time will help with this as well.

It can be tempting for a child to try out another person’s snacks or drink, but it’s very important that they avoid it. Sharing food and drinks is one of the biggest ways that a sickness can spread. By stressing the importance of not sharing food or drinks to your children, you could potentially be avoiding all sorts of icky illnesses making its way to your house.

If you have a particularly active child who plays in school sports, or simply likes being outside, making sure they’re wearing the proper equipment is essential. They might complain about wearing helmets when they’re riding their bikes, but that will help keep them from serious injuries when an accident happens.

And finally, one of the best things you can do for your active children is make sure they have a Back to School Physical. Although it’s nice to know that your child is in good health to play an active sport, a physical can also discover warning signs of potential issues that may crop up in the future. That means that you will be ready and able to avoid those problems so your little team player can get back on the field. Rapides Urgent Care offers sports physicals year-round and can help your child be ready for the big leagues.

Get Back To Feeling Your Best

Rapides Urgent Care can help with any scratches and scrapes you or your child may get, as well as lacerations, cold and fever, and even more. We at Rapides Urgent Care pride ourselves on offering the highest quality of care and service, and are here to answer any questions you may have. You can walk in any time or check-in online.