You’ve stocked up on fall clothing essentials. You purchased school supplies and the all-important backpack. With the first day of school right around the corner, how do you focus your child on their new routine? What tips should you consider for the upcoming year?

Ken-Ton FamilyCare pediatrician Alexandra Almanzar Morel, MD offers some practical advice for parents.

“Realize that for some children, starting school can be a stressful time. Children are changing their sleep schedules, entering a more structured environment, and interacting with new friends or teachers – and in some cases a completely new school.”

Dr. Alexandra Almanzar Morel

Pediatrician, Ken-Ton FamilyCare

A Pediatrician’s Tips for a Healthy Start to the School Year


1Make sure your child get adequate sleep. Poor or insufficient sleep can have significant effects on school performance. Many of us let our children stay up later during the summer months. But as school starts back, it’s important to adjust that bedtime.

2Get them into a routine. Consistent routines help keep children alert and productive during the school year and can be a life-saver when it comes to avoiding problems at bedtime.

3Every year, before your child goes back to school, make sure they visit their doctor. Yearly physicals are important to ensure children are growing and developing properly.

4Make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. Vaccines are necessary to help protect children and others against disease.

5Help your kids make healthy food choices – even at school.

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