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Tips on how to keep kids healthy for school

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The start of a new school year is on the horizon, and for kindergartners, that means some new experiences and routines they will have to get used to.

The CDC recommends teaching your children some healthy habits to make sure they are not forced to miss class due to illness.

Among the tips is teaching them to sneeze and cough into their elbow, wash their hands regularly, and not to share cups.

Getting the proper amount of sleep is also important. The CDC says kindergartners need up to 12 hours of sleep at night, so establishing a strict bedtime routine will keep them alert during the school day.

“One of the ways to help the immune system is to establish those bedtime routines, to make sure that they’re getting plenty of sleep,” said Lori Vandamme, a registered nurse at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “Also in the morning after they wake up after sleeping, you want to make sure they have a healthy breakfast. That’s going to help with their energy and their concentration.”

Vandamme also wants to stress the importance of making sure your kids are up to date on all immunizations, especially the measles vaccine following recent national outbreaks.

Mary Pautsch

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