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From Kindergarten to College, Go Back to School in Better Health
Date:9/22/2009

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Special health issues - If your child has special needs - serious food allergies, diabetes, epilepsy or other health conditions - be sure that the teacher and other school staff know what to do on a daily basis or in case of an emergency. If medications or other supplies are needed, work with the school's health team and administration to be sure they'll have everything on hand.

New challenges for high schoolers

Not only are high school aged kids going through physical changes - they're also facing new emotional and social challenges that can affect their physical and mental well being. Issues like drug and alcohol use, depression, and choices about sexual activity may be overwhelming for some kids. Most schools have programs to help both kids and parents deal with these important decisions - take advantage of them.

Get a good night's sleep. The National Institutes for Health advise parents to be sure their kids get at least nine hours of sleep in order to function - often a challenge for high schoolers with busier homework and social schedules. To help your kids get the sleep they need, they recommend some simple steps like establishing a regular bedtime, eliminating distractions in the child's room, avoiding big meals close to bedtime, and avoiding caffeine for six hours before bed.

A time of transition for college-aged kids

College-aged students often find themselves caught between childhood and adulthood - even when it comes to their health care. Oftentimes they've seen only their pediatrician, and as they "age out" of pediatric care, they need to find a new doctor. Some rely on their parents' doctors, but if they're away at school, they can't wait for a break to come back home and see the doctor. That may leave them relying on the campus clinic which may not have comprehensive care. Think about having your college-aged kids find a
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