It’s the season of “cheers and tears:” on the one hand, many parents are happy that their children are returning to school, which brings structure and routine. On the other, that means that quality family time – vacations, summer sunsets, and catching fireflies—are coming to an end for the season. Whether you’re ready for a new routine or clinging to the last few weeks of summer, getting your children back to school safely is paramount. Here’s a few ideas on how you can help ease the transition and keep everyone safe and healthy in the process.
Get Them There Safely
Some students ride the bus, some walk, others bike or ride with their parents. No matter how your student gets to school, you can take steps to maximize their safety.
- Buses are one of the safest modes of transportation, and the greatest risk to a child is when approaching or leaving one. Teach your child to wait for the bus’s stop sign and for the driver to give a signal before approaching or disembarking.
- Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult when walking to school.
- Keep your eyes on the road, and keep phones tucked away – this goes for walkers, bikers, and parents driving their kids to school.
- Bikers should always wear a helmet to minimize risk of concussion or other head injury resulting from a fall.
- Use crosswalks and bike lanes whenever possible. Bikers should always ride in the direction of traffic in accordance with Michigan law.
Keep Them Healthy
It seems inevitable – within a few weeks of returning to school, so do the high temperatures, colds, and bugs. Common illnesses like upper respiratory infections and the common cold, are some of the main reasons that children miss school. Though most parents want to make their children feel better, antibiotics will not help a viral infection. Help keep your child feeling their best this school year by observing some simple tips:
- Teach good hand-washing habits. Children should wash their hands regularly with warm, soapy water, scrubbing to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Use an alcohol-based sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching mucous membranes – the eyes, nose, and mouth – as this how many people get sick.
- Know when to take your child to the doctor – in most cases, URIs will resolve within 7 to 10 days with no more than rest and fluids. Bring your child in for immediate care if they have a fever that you cannot control with medication, your child is less than 3 months old, they are lethargic and unresponsive, or symptoms persist for more than 10 days. Our Michigan Urgent Care providers will help identify the problem and get your child on the road to recovery.
- Bring the whole family in for a flu shot. The flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent severe cases of and complications from the Influenza viruses. Even if you do get the flu after receiving a shot, your symptoms will be less serious and you will be more comfortable. Michigan Urgent Care providers typically start administering flu shots sometime in September – ask us at your next appointment or contact us for more details.
- If your child is enrolled in extracurricular activities or sports, physicals are a necessity. Our sports physicals are flexible and convenient — fit it into your busy schedule by visiting any of our walk-in clinic locations. We are open 7 days a week for your convenience.
At Michigan Urgent Care, we are committed to keeping your family happy and healthy life. From preventive services to compassionate, evidence-based medicine, let us be your health care partner for the school year and beyond.