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Offered by: Mackenzie Seibert, CPNP – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.

Unfortunately, like all good things, summer must come to an end. It is time to prepare our students to head back to school. One way to prepare your student for another year in the classroom is by establishing a daily routine. This routine should include a bedtime that allows for enough sleep at night and time to eat breakfast before the school bell rings. It is recommended that school-aged children get a minimum of 9 hours of sleep per night. For teens the recommendation is a minimum of 8 hours per night.

Another adjustment for many students is decreasing screen time, as this seems to increase during the long summer days when there is no schoolwork. Health care professionals recommend limiting screen time to 2 hours or less each day.

It is also important to think about your students’ medical needs, as many students need a visit to their primary care provider to prepare for school. Schedule sports physicals early for student athletes to avoid the last-minute rush and ensure they are ready to play when the season begins. Kindergarteners and 6th graders are often due for vaccines to keep them up to date. Students who need medications at school will likely need new paperwork to access these medications.

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